Like the rest of the hockey world, the Canucks and Maple Leafs are grieving the passing of Pat Quinn, who died Sunday at age 71. But given that Quinn was a key figure for those two franchises – leading both to as close as they’d come to a Stanley Cup championship in the many years before his arrival and after his departure – it’s only fitting that Toronto and Vancouver would do something extra to honor their former coach and GM.
The Maple Leafs announced they would wear a special patch on their jerseys for their next two games; the patch features Quinn’s initials and a green clover in reference to his Irish heritage: Read more
Somewhat lost with the death of Pat Quinn yesterday was the passing of Murray Oliver, who died Sunday, Nov. 23 at age 77. Oliver suffered a fatal heart attack in Edina, Minn., where he resided.
In a career that spanned 17 NHL seasons, Oliver suited up for 1,127 games spread between the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Minnesota North Stars. Read more
The passing of NHL great Pat Quinn Sunday night has brought back into focus his famous on-ice run-in with Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr. And in this interview Quinn gave, he describes his view on the “cleanliness” of the incident – which saw the then-Maple Leafs defenseman launch himself into an unsuspecting Orr and knock him unconscious – and his relationship with Orr after it took place on April 2, 1969: Read more
When I think of Pat Quinn, I harken back to the dark days of February, 1999. Quinn was just months into his tenure as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and I was equally green as the Maple Leafs beat reporter with The Toronto Star covering him.
I had found out not long before that my father was dying of cancer. Word somehow got to Quinn and one day during a post-practice scrum when I think he could see I was smiling on the outside and dying on the inside and was being cajoled by my colleagues, he pulled me into him with his big right arm and held me close for just a second. He never mentioned a word of it ever again, and neither did I. Read more
Superstars never intimidated Pat Quinn.
That much was evident when he laid out Bobby Orr with one of the most devastating and celebrated open ice hits in NHL history in 1969.
Right in the Boston Garden, no less! Read more
Being an NHL player has its rewards, but also its dangers. And I’m not just talking about on-ice pitfalls. I refer to social media – which, as this issue’s editor-in-chief has shown, can be a wonderful place but can also create a massive public relations disaster. With that in mind, here are some tips to help NHLers navigate the tricky landscape of Twitter, Facebook and the social media world: Read more
By Craig Hagerman
Peter Holland scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday night in the Maple Leafs 4-1 win over the Red Wings, and it was a beauty.
Holland was able to fight off Gustav Nyquist after stripping the winger of the puck and roofing a perfectly placed wrist shot over the blocker of Jimmy Howard.
“I was able to strip the puck and drive the net and I saw at the corner of my eye it looked like he dropped a little bit,” said Holland, reflecting on his goal Saturday night. “I definitely wanted to get it on net and wanted to get it up I was just happy to see it go in.”
For Leafs coach Randy Carlyle the skill Holland showed on the play was not something he was surprised to see. Read more
In the Swedish third league on Wednesday, one of the most incredible comebacks in hockey history happened.
Down 3-0 in the third period, IFK Arboga scored with just under 12 minutes left in the third period. Then they scored again 20 seconds later. And again nine seconds after that. And once more 30 seconds following their third goal. In less than two minutes, Arboga had erased a three-goal deficit to Grastorps, and held on for a 4-3 victory.
While there are no four-goals-in-two-minutes comebacks in NHL history, these are the five best. Read more