According to various media reports, the New York Rangers have hired Boston University men’s hockey coach David Quinn as the next man to lead their team back to prominence in the Eastern Conference standings. Quinn is replacing Alain Vigneault, who was let go by team management after five seasons as Rangers coach.
Both sides agreed to a preliminary five-year/$12.5 million deal, which makes Quinn one of the highest-pard coaches in the NHL. The Rangers chosen a coach who is very comfortable with the task of grooming and developing young players to their full potential. The deal will not become official until Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton returns from the World Championships in Denmark, but Quinn has informed BU that he plans to leave his current position with the university.
Quinn becomes the sixth coach in NHL history to make the jump from a collegiate program to going behind an NHL bench. Recent examples include Denver University coach Jim Montgomery who accepted the Dallas Stars coaching position a few weeks back and Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hokstol, who was hired away from North Dakota in 2015.
However, Quinn has some NHL coaching experience on his resume as he was an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012-13 season, and coached the team’s AHL affiliate, Lake Erie Monsters, from 2009-12 before returning to his alma mater, Boston University, to replace retiring legendary coach Jack Parker as the leader of one of the top college hockey programs in North America.
He spent the past five seasons as the Terriers’ coach, where Quinn compiled an impressive 105-67-21 record and led the school to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a loss in the national championship game in 2014-15 season. Some current and future NHL players who played under Quinn at Boston University include Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McCoy, forward Brady Tkachuck and goalie Jake Oettinger. Tkachuk is expected to be drafted high in next month’s NHL Entry Draft and Oettinger was drafted No 16 overall in last summer’s draft by the Dallas Stars.
Quinn was drafted No 13 overall in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, but he never played one game in the NHL because Quinn was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that ended his professional playing career in 1988. His highest honor as an athlete was being a defenseman on the 1986 U.S. National team that became the first squad to earn a medal at the World Junior Championships.