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The Class of 2016
Lindros, Vachon and Quinn to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Wendy Graves
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June 29, 2016
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Three more Team Canada alumni are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn will be enshrined on Nov. 14, alongside Sergei Makarov, as the Class of 2016. Lindros and Vachon will be inducted in the Player category, Quinn in the Builder category.

Lindros enjoyed a string of success playing for his country. In 1990 he became the then-youngest player to suit up for Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Lindros played in three World Juniors, winning two gold medals. His most prolific year was 1991, when he recorded 17 points and was named Best Forward by the IIHF Directorate and to the media all-star team. He served as captain in 1992. With 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists), Lindros is the leading scorer for Canada at the World Juniors, and 10th all-time among all players.

He helped Canada win the 1991 Canada Cup, a year before winning silver at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. The team’s youngest player in Albertville, he finished second in scoring with 11 points and provided the shootout heroics versus Germany in the quarter-finals.

At the 1993 IIHF World Championship, Lindros became the first – and still only – Canadian to record six points in a game, a feat he accomplished twice in three days: three goals and three assists versus Austria; and five goals and an assist versus Italy. He was named Best Forward by the IIHF Directorate and to the media all-star team.

Lindros contributed six points in Canada’s second-place showing at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

He made two return trips to the Olympics. He captained Canada in 1998 and capped off his national team career with a gold medal in 2002.

In the National Hockey League, Lindros recorded 922 points in 813 games during the regular season and playoffs for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars. In 1994, he won both the Ted Lindsay Award and Hart Memorial Trophy.

Vachon represented Canada only once, at the 1976 Canada Cup. He played every minute for the team, winning six of seven games, allowing only 10 goals and posting two shutouts. In Game 1 of the best-of-three final against Czechoslovakia, he was perfect in a 6-0 win. Two days later Canada clinched the Cup in overtime. Vachon was named the team’s MVP and to the tournament all-star team.

As a professional, Vachon played for the Montreal Canadiens – winning three Stanley Cups – the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. He shared the 1968 Vezina Trophy with teammate Gump Worsley and played in three All-Star Games. His No. 30 was the first jersey retired by the Kings.

Quinn coached Team Canada seven times and served as general manager or co-general manager on three other occasions.

After guiding Canada’s National Men’s Team to a bronze medal at the 1986 IIHF World Championship, it would be another decade before his next appearance, as the assistant GM at the 1996 World Cup, where Canada finished second. From then on, though, Quinn was a constant and steady presence with Team Canada. He served as co-general manager of Team Canada at the 1997 IIHF World Championship, where the team won gold. One year later he assumed the role on his own.

Quinn stood behind the bench again in 2002. It had been 16 years since his last national coaching assignment, but the wait proved well worth it: he guided Team Canada to its first Olympic gold medal in 50 years.

Two years later Quinn coached Canada to a perfect 6-0 mark and won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

He returned to the Olympics in 2006, and although another gold medal did not await, his next three appearances resulted in a hat trick of successes.

He led Canada’s National Men’s Team to the final of the 2007 Spengler Cup, before turning his attention to the next generation of players. First he guided Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championship. Then, he led Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, going 6-0 and claiming Canada’s fifth-straight gold medal.

Over parts of 20 NHL seasons, Quinn coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. He also served as general manager of both the Canucks and Maple Leafs. He coached in four All-Star games and twice won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

Quinn was a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee for 15 years and served as the chairman of the HHOF Board of Directors from August 2013 until his passing in November 2014.

ERIC LINDROS

Year Team Event GP G A PTS PIM Result
1990 CAN World Juniors 7 4 0 4 14 Gold
1991 CAN World Juniors 7 6 11 17 6 Gold
1991 CAN Canada Cup 8 3 2 5 8 1st
1992 CAN World Juniors 7 2 8 10 12 6th
1992 CAN Olympics 8 5 6 11 6 Silver
1993 CAN World Championship 8 11 6 17 10 4th
1996 CAN World Cup 8 3 3 6 10 2nd
1998 CAN Olympics 6 2 3 5 2 4th
2002 CAN Olympics 6 1 0 1 8 Gold
CAN TOTAL 65 37 39 76 76

ROGIE VACHON

Year Team Event GP W L GAA PCT Result
1976 CAN Canada Cup 7 6 1 1.39 .940 1st
CAN TOTAL 7 6 1 1.39 .940

PAT QUINN

Year Team Event GP W L T Result
1986 CAN World Championship 10 4 6 0 Bronze
2002 CAN Olympics 6 4 1 1 Gold
2004 CAN World Cup 6 6 0 0 1st
2006 CAN Olympics 6 3 3 0 7th
2007 CAN Spengler Cup 5 3 2 0 2nd
2008 CAN World U18 Championship 7 6 1 0 Gold
2009 CAN World Juniors 6 6 0 0 Gold
CAN TOTAL 46 32 13 1

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-612-2893 (mobile)
kmacleod@hockeycanada.ca

 

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