Former NHL player/coach Pat Quinn passes away at 71

It’s a sad day for the NHL world, former NHL player and coach Pat Quinn passed away on Sunday after a long illness, the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants – a team he co-owned – announced Monday.

The statement released by the Giants:

It is with great sadness that the Vancouver Giants announce, on behalf of the Quinn family, that Giant Co-Owner Pat Quinn passed away on Sunday night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

“Worst cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn Family, said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. “Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed.”

Quinn – a native of Hamilton, Ont. – won the Memorial Cup in 1963 with the Edmonton Oil Kings prior to a 14-year pro career, nine years of which were spent in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames.

Quinn went on to coach the Flyers, Kings, Canucks, Maple Leafs and Oilers over the course of 22 years. He reached the Stanley Cup final twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks in 1994.

Internationally, Quinn coached Team Canada to gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, 2008 IIHF World u18 Champions and 2009 World Junior Championship, as well as the 2004 world Cup championship.

May he Rest in Peace.