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Leafs Sign Quinn To Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(June 28, 2005) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has extended head coach Pat Quinn's contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Pat's record speaks for itself," said Ferguson. "He is the best person to lead this team, and we're confident that under Pat's leadership we will continue to build upon the success our club has achieved the past seven years. Pat represents the Leafs organization and the city of Toronto with the highest level of professionalism."

Under his guidance in 2003-04, Quinn led Toronto to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season and set club records in points (103), wins (45-tie) and road wins (23). He also led the team to a .500 or better road record for the sixth consecutive year, a franchise record.   

Quinn, 62, was named the 25th head coach in Maple Leafs history on June 26, 1998 and his current tenure with the Maple Leafs is the league's third-longest behind Buffalo's Lindy Ruff and Nashville's Barry Trotz. In 1998-99, his first season as Toronto's head coach, he led the club to its first appearance in the Conference Finals since 1994. The team set a club record for wins in a season (45) and Quinn was named runner up for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year.

In 1999-00, he led the Maple Leafs to their first regular season division title since 1962-63 and the team tied the club record for wins (45) which had been set the previous year. In 2001-02 the team finished third in the overall NHL standings and had the best home record in the Eastern Conference (24-11-6-0).

The club has averaged 98 points since his arrival to Toronto in 1998-99. He ranks tied for second on Toronto's all-time coaching wins list (259) and third in games coached (492).

Quinn's career NHL coaching record is 616-466-154 for a winning percentage of .561. He has won the Jack Adams Award on two occasions (1980, 1992) and is one of only four coaches (Scotty Bowman, Pat Burns, Jacques Lemaire) in league history to earn the award with two different teams. Quinn ranks fourth in all-time NHL coaching wins (616) and fourth in games coached (1236).

Quinn has also enjoyed success at the international level. He was the head coach of Canada's entry at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey that captured the championship and the 2002 Canadian Olympic team that won their first Gold medal in the last 50 years of Olympic competition. Earlier this month, Hockey Canada announced that he would return as the head coach for the country's 2006 Olympic team in Turin, Italy in the event that National Hockey League players participate for the gold medal.

His coaching career began in Philadelphia during the 1978-79 season and lasted through 1981-82 when he left the Flyers to earn a law degree from Widener University, Delaware School of Law. In 1979-80, his Flyers were the NHL's top team (48-12-20) and posted a league record 35 game unbeaten streak. Following law school, he returned to the coaching ranks to guide the Los Angeles Kings from 1984-85 to 1986-87.

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