Pat Quinn Remembered with HHOF Induction
A Journey into Hockey
Pat Quinn is being posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in recognition of a long and distinguished career.
He was a presence in the game – making a diffrence where he landed – from Vancouver, L.A., Philadelpia, Edmonton as well as Toronto and Team Canada – be it in the front office or behind the bench.
To some, however, Quinn is still best remembered for his early years playing on Punch Imlach Toronto teams.
Quinn was called up by the Leafs in 1968, just after the Leafs 1967 Cup win. He was tough – the type of player Imlach could like. He was called up try to replace the likes of Bob Baun, Red Kelly, Larry Hillman and Kent Douglas who had left in the changes surrounding the NHL expansion.
During his time with the Leafs, he is probably best remembered for an open-ice bodycheck on Bobby Orr in the 1969 playoffs against Boston that left Orr unconscious and provoked a bench-clearing brawl.