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Quinn brings wealth of experience to Oilers

Tuesday, 26.05.2009 / 3:08 PM / News
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Quinn brings wealth of experience to Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have named veteran NHL coach Pat Quinn as their new bench boss and also added former Rangers coach Tom Renney as an associate coach.
Pat Quinn enjoyed his successful experiences working with the junior-aged players. Now, he's ready for another shot in the big show and the Edmonton Oilers were willing to give it to the 66-year-old veteran coach and former NHL player.

The Oilers Tuesday announced that Quinn is taking over as the ninth coach in the franchise's 30-year history and, surprisingly, former New York Rangers coach Tom Renney is jumping on board as Quinn's associate head coach.

This will be the second time Quinn will serve as Renney's boss.

He was the general manager for the Vancouver Canucks when Renney was the coach from June 1996 to November 1997. Current Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini was working in Vancouver's front office at the time as well.

Quinn last coached in the NHL in 2006, when he finished a seven-year stint as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won 300 games as the Leafs coach, leading them to the Northeast Division title in 2000 and the Eastern Conference Finals in both 1999 and 2002. The Leafs made the playoffs in Quinn's first six seasons on the job.

Quinn has also coached the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks in his NHL coaching career that goes back 31 years. He led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1979 and the Canucks to the Final in 1994. Quinn won the Jack Adams Award as Vancouver's coach in 1992.

He also was the head coach of Canada's entry into the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake. The Canadians brought the gold medal home for the first time in 50 years.

Most recently, though, Quinn was getting his coaching fix with teenagers. He successfully led Team Canada to gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Kazan, Russia and the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ottawa.

Coaching the junior-aged players should likely serve as a benefit for Quinn, who is taking over a team that finished the 2008-09 season with 15 players who are 25 or younger. But if Quinn needs any help in getting acclimated to today's NHL, he needs to only look down the bench.

Renney was the Rangers coach from 2005 until this year. Known as a players' coach who is excellent with the media, Renney took the Rangers to the playoffs three years in a row before being replaced by John Tortorella 61 games into this season.

Before Renney took over, the Rangers had gone eight years since they made the playoffs. The Rangers won 40 or more games three straight seasons under Renney, a feat that the organization hadn't accomplished since 1974.

Renney, like Quinn, has a long history with Hockey Canada. He joined the program in 1993 and was the head coach for Team Canada in the 1994 Olympic games. The Canadians took home the silver. He has won eight medals, including three golds, in his international coaching career.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com

Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer

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