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cw:
Ottawa Citizen: Hockey heart beats on for the Mighty Quinn
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Quinn will be back in Ottawa this weekend as part of the Hockey Night In Canada coaching symposium and minor hockey clinic at Ray Friel Arena. While Quinn hosts the coaching symposium...
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Speaking of coaches, Quinn should wait by his phone for another opportunity at the rate NHL coaches are being let go. Hitchcock scooped one of four jobs that have come open since the start of the season, not that Quinn takes much joy in the development.

“Having been in the profession, you don’t like to see it, you know how hard these men work,” Quinn says. A former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers, Quinn blames tight races and high expectations for the added pressure on modern coaches.

At age 68, would he leap back into the fray?

You bet.

“When it’s your life and suddenly it’s not there, it’s a big hole,” says Quinn, who watches at least a game per night on television. “I’d love to be involved with some team some place. I think I still have something to offer. I don’t know what level … coaching always appealed to me, but I’m experienced in other areas, too.”

He’d be great as an organizational mentor, or assistant general manager. Quinn finished off his duties in Edmonton last year as a consultant and would think about a similar opportunity elsewhere.

Not surprisingly, he keeps a close eye on his former teams.

“When you put your own sweat and blood in there, then you feel something about the organization and the city and the fans,” Quinn says.

“In Toronto, I know the people that are running the team, so I cheer for them and hope that things go well.”

Tough to find a NHL head coaching gig at 68 but he could certainly help on the management side.

Always liked the guy. Wish he'd write a book on coaching. Hopefully, someone puts him back to work.

moon111:
Leafs should give him a job in the organization... just so he can get that Leaf's Stanley Cup ring like he deserves. :)

Mack674:
I think im probobly just being sentimental but he would be my first choice to bring in when/if Wilson gets canned.

Ohhh Pat Quinn - nobody could chew gum and stare down the ice with silent rage like you could.

WAYNEINIONA:

--- Quote from: Mack674 on December 17, 2011, 05:02:00 PM ---I think im probobly just being sentimental but he would be my first choice to bring in when/if Wilson gets canned.

Ohhh Pat Quinn - nobody could chew gum and stare down the ice with silent rage like you could.

--- End quote ---

Or tear a strip off a ref.

Mack674:

--- Quote from: WAYNEINIONA on December 17, 2011, 05:19:41 PM ---
--- Quote from: Mack674 on December 17, 2011, 05:02:00 PM ---I think im probobly just being sentimental but he would be my first choice to bring in when/if Wilson gets canned.

Ohhh Pat Quinn - nobody could chew gum and stare down the ice with silent rage like you could.

--- End quote ---

Or tear a strip off a ref.

--- End quote ---

One usually followed the other

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