PAT QUINN
KINGS HEAD COACH 1984-87

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Pat Quinn served two-plus seasons as the Kings head coach posting a 75-101-26 mark before being expelled by the NHL on Jan. 10, 1987, in one of the more bizarre coaching changes in NHL history.

Quinn took over a Kings team that had posted a 23-44-13 mark (59 points) and led a 23-point turn around (34-32-14, 82 points) in his first season behind the bench in 1984-85. The Kings were swept in three games by eventual Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton. The following season, Quinn's Kings missed the playoffs posting a 23-49-8 mark.

Early in the 1986-87 season, Quinn came to an agreement to become the President and General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks for the 1987-88 season. As a result, NHL President John Ziegler banned him from coaching the Kings and Mike Murphy took over. At the time of his removal, Quinn had posted an 18-20-4 mark.

A veteran of more than 600 National Hockey League games as a hard-nosed, defensive defenseman for Toronto, Vancouver and Atlanta, Quinn became an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers for the 1977-78 season. He spent the first 50 games of the following campaign as head coach of the Flyers’ minor league affiliate, the Maine Mariners, before replacing Bob McCammon behind the Flyers’ bench.

During the 1979-80 season, his first full season at the helm, Quinn guided the Broad Streeters to the top spot in the Campbell Conference with a phenomenal record of 48 wins, 12 losses and 20 ties for 116 points. The highlights of that spectacular season were an NHL record 35-game unbeaten streak, and Quinn’s selection as NHL Coach of the Year. He coached the Flyers 72 games into the 1981-82 season before being replaced, ironically, by Bob McCammon. His overall coaching record with Philadelphia was a most impressive 141-73-48.

After leaving Philadelphia, Quinn put in fours years of study towards a law degree at the Delaware Law School and finishing the degree at University of San Diego while coaching the Kings.

Upon leaving Los Angeles, Quinn spent five years as head coach in Vancouver (1990-96), in addition to his role as President and GM (losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to the NY Rangers in 1994) and then spending seven seasons at the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-2006). Entering the 2009-10 season, Quinn will serve as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. He has coached more than 1,318 games, posting a mark of 657-481-154-26 and making 15 playoff appearances, including two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1984-85
80
34
32
14
-
82
.513
3
0
3
1985-86
80
23
49
8
-
54
.338
-
-
-
1986-87
42
18
20
4
-
40
.438
-
-
-
TOTALS
668
283
306
79
-
645
.483
3
0
3