Pat Quinn, who was behind the bench when Canada ended a 50-year Olympic gold medal drought at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, has earned induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame as a builder, as part of the Class of 2014.
Quinn was also Canada’s head coach at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and spent time with Canada’s National Men’s Team, Canada’s National Junior Team and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team.
But he’ll forever be best known internationally as the coach that led Canada’s to its first Olympic gold medal since 1952; the Canadians rebounded from an opening game loss to Sweden and didn’t drop another game, beating the U.S. 5-2 in the final.
“In the first game, we had eight lousy minutes,” Quinn told The Canadian Press. “Everybody was down after the first loss to Sweden. By the time we reviewed the tape of the game, we knew that we weren’t that far off. Even though the score was ugly, the game wasn’t ugly.
“Our leadership took over and said ‘this is the way we’re going to do it. That (loss to Sweden) was when we simply had a change in our mindset about what team means.”
In all, the Hamilton, Ont., native made 10 appearances with Team Canada; in addition to two Olympics, Quinn was Canada’s head coach at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, 2006 Spengler Cup, 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 1986 IIHF World Championship.
He was also Canada’s assistant general manager at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, general manager at the 1998 IIHF World Championship and co-general manager at the 1997 IIHF World Championship.
“We could not be more excited for Pat to receive this honour,” Hockey Canada president/CEO Bob Nicholson said. “He was such an important part of our 2002 Olympic gold medal-winning team, and is deserving of a spot alongside Canada’s Olympic greats.”
In addition to Quinn, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, speedskater Cindy Klassen, the victorious men's eight rowing team of 2008, speedskating coach Marcel Lacroix and the late, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein.
Sports journalist Richard Garneau, who covered 23 Olympic Games, will receive the Canadian Olympic Order posthumously.
The group will be inducted on June 6 in Calgary, at the end of a three-day celebration of Canada’s performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1949. It is housed in the Frank King Olympic Visitor's Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.