The WHL would like to congratulate the family of the late Pat Quinn, who was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame following a vote by the Selection Committee at the Hall’s annual meeting Monday in Toronto.
The induction announcement was made Monday in Toronto by Lanny McDonald, a WHL alumni and the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Inducted alongside Quinn in the Player Category were Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon.
A product of Hamilton, Ontario, Quinn played over 600 games in the National Hockey League over a nine-season span, and went on to a lengthy coaching and management career in the NHL and represented Canada on many occasions at the international level. Quinn was also a co-owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. At the time of his death in November, 2014, he was Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Quinn’s many accomplishments included capturing a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1963, while as a Head Coach leading Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002 and a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004, as well as a 2008 World U18 Championship and 2009 World Junior Championship gold medals.
“Being recognized by Pat’s hockey peers is truly a great honour,” said his wife, Sandra Quinn. “I’m proud of Pat and what he accomplished.”
Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world. As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.