The big screen outside the Air Canada honors late NHL great Pat Quinn (Getty Images)
The passing of NHL great Pat Quinn Sunday night has brought back into focus his famous on-ice run-in with Bruins icon Bobby Orr – and in this rarely-seen interview, Quinn breaks down the incident and its short-and-long-term aftermath.
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:
Although the hit at the time was considered one of the most contentious in NHL history, it's a comfort to know Quinn and Orr were able to let bygones be bygones and maintain a friendly relationship in the years that followed.