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Pat Quinn: Highs, lows and memorable moments

11/24/2014 01:08 EST | Updated 01/24/2015 05:59 EST
As an NHL player, coach and general manager, Pat Quinn was involved in some of the most memorable moments in hockey history.

Quinn, who died at 71 on Sunday night in Vancouver, is being remembered as one of the game's icons.

Here’s a look at some of the top moments in his career:

The Hit

Quinn will forever be known as the man who delivered a crushing hit on Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr.

The check occurred during the 1969 playoffs. Orr was skating along the boards with his head down when Quinn, a Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman, dropped the Boston great with an elbow-leading hit that rendered Orr unconscious. Naturally, a bench-clearing brawl ensued.

Quinn discussed the incident years later, claiming he led with his shoulder.

The Streak

As coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979-80 season, Quinn guided his team to a record 35-game unbeaten streak — still the longest in NHL history. For his effort, Quinn won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach. However, the Flyers suffered a heart-breaking loss in the Stanley Cup final, highlighted by New York Islanders forward Bob Nystrom’s Stanley Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 6.

The Final

By the 1987-88 season, Quinn moved on to became president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. He then shifted to the bench in 1991, and with a powerful roster that included goaltender Kirk McLean, along with offensive dynamos Trevor Linden and Pavel Bure, Quinn led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final against the New York Rangers in 1994. The Canucks fought valiantly, erasing a 3-1 series lead to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. But, like the 1980 final, Quinn fell short once again. Things turned ugly back in Vancouver as rioting engulfed the streets.

The Gold

There would no greater accomplishment for Quinn than when he led the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team into the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. With the weight of a 50-year gold-less drought hanging over the team, head coach Quinn, executive director Wayne Gretzky and captain Mario Lemieux, Canada got off to a horrific start, losing 5-2 to Sweden. But the composed and experienced squad rallied and beat the Americans in their own backyard in the gold medal game.

The Kids

Often criticized for lacking patience with young players, Quinn was nevertheless appointed by Hockey Canada to coach the 2009 world junior team — one that included current NHLers John Tavares, Jordan Eberle and P.K. Subban. The semifinal game against the Russians looked dire before Eberle forced overtime after scoring with only 5.4 seconds left in regulation. Eberle then netted the shootout winner and the Canadians would go on to win goal. It remains Canada’s last world junior title.

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