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Remembering Pat Quinn: watch him break down his (in)famous hit on Bobby Orr

The passing of NHL great Pat Quinn Sunday night has brought back into focus his famous on-ice run-in with Bruins icon Bobby Orr – and in this rarely-seen interview, Quinn breaks down the incident and its short-and-long-term aftermath.

The passing of NHL great Pat Quinn Sunday night has brought back into focus his famous on-ice run-in with Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr. And in this interview Quinn gave, he describes his view on the “cleanliness” of the incident – which saw the then-Maple Leafs defenseman launch himself into an unsuspecting Orr and knock him unconscious – and his relationship with Orr after it took place on April 2, 1969:

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Although the hit at the time was considered one of the most contentious in NHL history, it’s a comfort to know Quinn and Orr were able to let bygones be bygones and maintain a friendly relationship in the years that followed.