Pat Quinn, a two-time Jack Adams Award winner and the coach who led Team Canada to a historic gold medal at the 2002 Olympics, passed away on Sunday night after a long illness. He was 71.
Naturally, the hockey world flocked to social media to share its grief. There were many expressions of condolence, but we think this is the way Pat would have liked it. Happy memories, not the mushy stuff.
To this day I still associate the smell of cigars with Mr Quinn. He used to give me all his old cigar boxes to keep hockey cards in them. — Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) November 24, 2014
Homer on Pat Quinn: "Most of us wld have done whatever he asked us to do. Run through that wall? Sure. How many bricks do u want left over?" — Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) November 24, 2014
Fantastic Pat Quinn quote on coaching (and teaching, leadership): "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." — Risto Pakarinen (@puckarinen) November 24, 2014