Celebrity Lawyer: Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Pat Brian Patrick Quinn is a tough, old school ice hockey player and coach.

Born in 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario, Quinn won a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1963, Canada's championship trophy for the top junior ice hockey team.

He kicked around in the minor leagues until the Toronto Maple Leafs called him up in 1968, gave him jersey #23, and he never looked back.

In spite of an active playing career, he kept up with his university studies and obtained a degree in economics in 1971. Because of the extensive travel, he attended courses at no fewer than five different universities, finally getting his degree from York University.

He played for the Vancouver Canucks (1970-1972) wearing number 3, and was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 Expansion Draft, where he spent his final five years in the National Hockey League.

Pat QuinnIn 1977, he broke his ankle when he was playing on his daughter's skateboard. The injury prematurely ended his playing career.

He jumped right into coaching, hired by the Philadelphia Flyers to coach their Maine Mariners farm team but before the season was out, he was named head coach of the parent Flyers. He twice won the NHL Coach of the Year award as his all-time record while coaching the Flyers was a phenomenal 141-73 (wins, losses, not including ties).

In 1982, he was let go by the Flyers but was still being handsomely paid as his contract had not expired. He took the LSAT and passed. He enrolled in law school at the Widener Law School, Widener University.

But soon, the Los Angeles Kings hired him as head coach. On the Pacific Coast, Quinn transferred to the University of San Diego and in between hockey games and summer breaks, he completed his J.D.

His legal training did little to help him stay out of legal trouble, though, as in 1986, he violated the terms of his contract with the Kings by secretly signing a contract to join the Vancouver Canucks for the following season as general manager and president.

A more egregious conflict of interest could hardly be fathomed.

The Kings discovered it and on January 10, 1987, the league took the rare step of banning him from NHL employment until 1990.

In the result, he coached the Canucks from 1990 to 1996 and then the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1998 to 2006.

In 2002, he coached Canada's ice hockey team to a gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

In 2009, the Edmonton Oilers took a chance on the aging hockey coach and signed him as their head coach. As of the summer of 2009, his record as an NHL coach is an impressive 657 wins against 481 losses.

REFERENCES:

Published: Thursday, August 06, 2009
Last updated: Saturday, May 05, 2012
By: