Calgary Dinos Proved to be Perfect Fit for Quinn
Quinn registered 30 points in 68 WHL games for the New
Westminster Bruins in 1983-84, before his progress was halted
by the car crash that changed his course. The injuries set Quinn
back, and the Canucks would eventually relinquish his rights.
After being traded from New Westminster to the Lethbridge
Broncos, Quinn’s junior eligibility ran out in 1986. Standing
at a crossroads, he decided to attend Calgary because of the
opportunity to play for Kingston, who had made an impression
on Quinn at a clinic several years earlier.
“I always remembered that, so when the decision came to play,
that’s where I wanted to go – I wanted to play for George,” says
Quinn, who suited up for roughly 150 games with the Dinos.
“I really enjoyed playing university hockey, and the school
obviously was important” he says.
“Sometimes I wonder if I was there for the hockey and the school
was something I just had to do to stay eligible, but in hindsight, I
learned a lot not only through my education, but also from some
very good people on how to build hockey teams.
“George Kingston, Willie Desjardins, Mike Johnston are some key
people that have really helped me, and some of the experiences
that I’ve had from both (education and hockey) have certainly
helped as far building this company.”
As an accomplished amateur hockey coach who oversees a
ourishing business, the 52-year-old Quinn has a remarkable
perspective on the life-altering auto accident.
“It might have been a bit of a blessing in disguise for me, because
I went to university and got my education and ended up going
into the family business where if I probably would have gone
on to play hockey, my father probably would have sold the
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