Pat Quinn, the Big Irishman, one of the great players, great coaches, managers and storytellers of the NHL, has died at 71. Mr. Quinn passed away at Vancouver General Hospital on Sunday night after a lengthy illness.
Drafting your next crop of players is not easy. Every team has believed they drafted their next big piece to see that player fail to meet expectations. Those picks, integral to building competitive teams make G.M's look like fools or geniuses.
The Hockey Hall of Fame can only induct four players each year and it would be hard to argue with the choices this year, announced Tuesday. Going into the Hall in a Nov. 12 ceremony will be Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.
The NHL has selected its Class of 2011 inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame, including former Maple Leafs Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, and Joe Nieuwendyk, as well as defenceman Mark Howe. The foursome will be inducted in a ceremony on Nov. 14 in Toronto.