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BOOK REPORT: Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend


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Been catching up on some reading lately. This was another bargain find at Chapters/Indigo that had been waiting for a few weeks in the summer to get through.

Here is the Google Books preview: https://books.google.ca/books/about/Quinn.html?id=V3bMBgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

Lots of great chapters on his upbringing, and stories through his playing days in junior, minor pro and eventually NHL (thanks to expansion).

The second half of the book focuses on his coaching and eventual GM/coaching positions that he held in both Vancouver and Toronto. His time with the Leafs really only fits into one chapter, with another dedicated to him coaching the 2002 Olympic team to gold. It is a reminder however, of what a shitshow the Leafs front office was both prior to Quinn's arrival - and then again after Stavros sold out to BELL and Quinn was ousted as GM for JFJ... bad memories.

There was a lot I didn't know about Quinn, and lots of little anecdotes that were never published until now.

Some great details about how he climbed the ranks from coach in LA, to GM in Vancouver (something called Quinngate), and lots of behind the scenes info from his blueprint for sculpting the Canucks into a success. The story of scouting/drafting/signing Pavel Bure is worth the read alone.

Definitely worth a look.