Canucks hon­our Quinn with statue

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STEVE MIL­TON Pat Quinn is not an easy man to for­get, and hockey fans in Van­cou­ver will now be re­minded of him ev­ery time they go to a game at Rogers Arena.

An hour be­fore the Van­cou­ver Canucks’ home game against the Cal­gary Flames Satur­day, there will be a cer­e­mo­nial un­veil­ing of a statue com­mem­o­rat­ing Quinn’s hockey legacy, par­tic­u­lary with the Canucks.

A group com­pris­ing some of the Hamil­ton na­tive’s fam­ily, friends, col­leagues and busi­ness part­ners started the legacy project af­ter Quinn died in Novem­ber, 2014 at the age of 71.

The life-sized statue, lo­cated in the Toy­ota Plaza at Rogers Arena, de­picts Quinn coach­ing the Canucks dur­ing the 1994 NHL play­offs and in­cludes a ros­ter card en­graved with ev­ery player who was on the team which made it to the sev­enth game of the Stan­ley Cup fi­nals be­fore los­ing to the New York Rangers.

Part of the statue is “Pat’s Bench,” where fans can sit and have their pho­tos taken. The idea was in­spired by Cana­dian ath­letes at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, at which Quinn coached Canada to its first men’s gold medal in 50 years. Cana­dian Olympians, some of whom were strug­gling with their per­for­mances at the time, re­called sit­ting on a bench out­side Canada House at the Games and talk­ing with Quinn, who pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion.

Kalli Quinn, Pat and San­dra Quinn’s daugh­ter, will take part in the cer­e­mo­nial un­veil­ing, with Trevor Lin­den, the Canucks’ pres­i­dent of hockey op­er­a­tions.

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