Who is David Quinn?

Last night, news surfaced that David Quinn will likely be hired by the Rangers to fill the vacancy left by Alain Vigneault, and become the thirty-fifth coach in franchise history. (You can read more about that here).

So who is David Quinn?

David Quinn began his playing career at Kent College Preparatory School located in Connecticut. After high school, Quinn was drafted 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars, but instead of making the jump straight to the NHL, he instead opted to play for Boston University. After his junior season, Quinn tried out for the 1988 United States Olympic Team. However, during his tryout, Quinn was diagnosed with Hemophilia B, a disorder which prevents blood from clotting properly. This forced Quinn to retire from professional hockey, but he was determined to keep playing.

Quinn later found a medication which combatted Hemophilia B and tried out for the 1992 United States Olympic Team. Unfortunately, Quinn never made the Olympic team, but he did entice one NHL team, the New York Rangers. Quinn signed his first NHL contract in 1992 and spent the entire 1991-1992 with the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers. The next season, Quinn played with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL (International Hockey League). In 1993, Quinn retired from professional hockey without ever playing an NHL game.

Quinn’s coaching career is much more illustrious than his NHL one. Quinn began his coaching career with Northeastern University as an assistant coach. Shortly after that, Quinn spent six years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, building their hockey program. After working at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he became a developmental coach for USA Hockey.

On June 22nd, 2009, Quinn was introduced as head coach for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL (American Hockey League), an affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Quinn stayed as head coach for the Lake Erie Monsters until 2012.

On June 14th, Quinn became an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche.

Finally, on March 25, 2013,  Quinn was named the eleventh head coach of Boston University, replacing Jack Parker.

Here are David Quinn’s coaching statistics with Boston University:

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Courtesy of Wikipedia.com

Overall, Quinn is 105-67-21, as head coach of Boston University.

Quinn has coached many players who have went on to play in the NHL such as: Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild, Colin Wilson and Nick Bonino of the Nashville Predators, Alex Chiasson of the Washington Capitals, former Ranger and current Chicago Blackhawk Adam Clendening, Erick Gryba of the Edmonton Oilers, Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins, and finally Kevin Shattenkirk of the New York Rangers.

It is no surprise that David Quinn would attract the Rangers. His coaching record with Boston University is good, and he has coached many players who have gone on to play in the NHL.

Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic mentions in his recent article that Quinn has “strong ties” with former Boston University alum and current New York Rangers Assistant General Manager Chris Drury.

It was previously reported that David Quinn told friends at Boston University that he would stay, but now it seems less and less that will hold true.

It is not 100% confirmed, but I expect David Quinn to be signed as Rangers Head Coach within a week or so, when the 2018 World Championships end and Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton returns home from Denmark.

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