Prior to their game against Philadelphia Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks paid special tribute to late coach-GM Pat Quinn with an emotional ceremony that included a video tribute and appearances by former teammates and players he guided.
Quinn, who passed away Nov. 23 in Vancouver at age 71, played a major role for both teams at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, and had a street named in his honor prior to the showdown between the Flyers and Canucks; he was represented at Tuesday’s ceremony by his wife, Sandra, daughters Val and Kalli, and granddaughter Kate Rydland. Quinn was also honored by the appearance of former teammates, players he coached and those with whom he worked, including former Flyers legend and GM Bob Clarke, longtime assistant coach Rick Ley, and retired Canucks stars Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Pavel Bure:
The star-studded turnout for the tribute was a small indication of the tremendous regard in which the hockey community held Quinn. His impact on the game will be felt for decades to come.