Former Vancouver Canucks Head Coach and General Manager Pat Quinn Passes Away at Age 71

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We’re terribly saddened to report former Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Pat Quinn passed away last night at VGH after a lengthy illness. He was 71 years old.


The Vancouver Giants made the announcement of his passing this morning.

It is with great sadness that the Vancouver Giants announce, on behalf of the Quinn family, that Giants Co-Owner Pat Quinn passed away on Sunday night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

“Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family,” said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. “Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed.”

The Quinn family asks that media respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Those wishing to send messages of condolence are asked to either email or send mail to the Giants’ offices at the address listed below.

“The Big Irishman” coached for the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice as head coach including the magical Stanley Cup run in 1994. Quinn also coached Team Canada to gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2008 IIHF World Championships and the 2009 World Junior Championships. In 2012, he was honoured with the Order of Canada.