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After retirement he became an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and during the 1979-80 NHL season he led the team to a record-breaking 35 game winning streak as their head coach.
They lost to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup finals however, but he was awarded the Jack Adams Award for his coaching efforts.
British Columbians knew him best as one of the finest players, coaches and leaders the NHL has ever produced.
Not only was he was an original Canuck, but he went on to lead the Canucks to within a game of the Stanley Cup in 1994, and will forever be remembered for coaching Team Canada to its first Olympic gold medal in 50 years.“Pat was a big man with a bigger heart whose legacy will live on for generations, in the hockey world and beyond.
WATCH: Former Vancouver Canucks’ owner Arthur Griffiths speaks to Sophie Lui and Steve Darling about the passing of Pat Quinn: Tributes to the hockey legend have been pouring in since news of his death broke online.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have issued a statement from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum, saying “on behalf of the ownership, management, staff, and players of the Toronto Maple Leafs, we are all deeply saddened by the loss of Pat Quinn.
READ MORE: ‘Hockey needs more Pat Quinns’: fans post condolences for NHL coach READ MORE: The time Pat Quinn walked in a Boston bar after his hit on Bobby Orr It is not known at this time what Quinn was suffering from but questions were raised when the 71-year-old did not attend the Hockey Hall of Fame awards ceremonies last Monday.
The family would not expand on his illness but said he was meeting his challenges “head on”.
I grew up watching hockey and he was a favorite of mine.Pat was an associate and good friend to so many of us.We join hockey fans around the country in offering our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Sandra, and daughters Kalli and Val.”Toronto Maple Leafs president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan called this “a tremendous loss for the hockey community.”Pat will be revered not only for his great accomplishments in sport but also for his courage and strength in face of his illness, and his dedication to family.”The Boston Bruins have also issued a statement:“On behalf of the Bruins organization we are saddened to learn of the passing of Pat Quinn.WATCH: Maple Leafs coaches, players react to news of Pat Quinn’s death After three years in which he coached under-18 and junior teams, Quinn returned as head coach for the Edmonton Oilers.He only coached them for one season but they finished last place in the league with a record 27-47-8.