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Oilers mourn passing of Pat Quinn

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers were saddened to hear of the passing of a true hockey legend, Pat Quinn.

Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chair, Bob Nicholson, a former colleague and close family friend said, “Pat was a great friend and a great man. I will always cherish our special relationship and the many great memories and moments we shared. There is no other coach in hockey history to have won Olympic, World Junior and Under-18 gold medals. This is but one small part of Pat’s legacy.”

Nicholson added, “On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers, our deepest sympathies go out Sandra, Kalli, Valerie and the entire Quinn family at the loss of such a dear man. Canada has lost one of its great sons.”

Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chair of Hockey Operations, Kevin Lowe also remarked, “Pat was bigger than life and a gentleman in every sense of the word. It was a privilege to have worked with him and I will never forget his leadership and impact during one of Canada's greatest moments, winning the 2002 Gold Medal at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.”

Pat Quinn, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, served as the Edmonton Oilers ninth head coach, for the 2009-10 season, part of his extensive coaching resume which included 20 seasons as a National Hockey League head coach, 92 playoff games, two Stanley Cup Final appearances and two Jack Adams Awards as the NHL’s Coach-of-the-Year (1979-80 with the Philadelphia Flyers and 1991-92 with the Vancouver Canucks).

On the international stage, Quinn enjoyed tremendous success, guiding Team Canada to their first gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also led Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, winning the tournament championship and coached the gold medal winning teams at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championship and 2009 World Junior Championship. In addition to these accomplishments, he was also Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy and the 2006 Spengler Cup team in Davos, Switzerland.

Over a nine-year NHL career, Quinn played 606 games, scoring 18 goals and 113 assists for 131 points, while collecting 950 penalty minutes. He also played 11 NHL playoff games recording one assist and 21 penalty minutes.

Pat Quinn also had a unique connection to the City of Edmonton as a member of the 1962-63 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Edmonton Oilers join the entire hockey world in mourning the loss of Pat Quinn, a giant of the game.

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