Canucks honour Quinn with statue
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.