‘Hockey needs more Pat Quinns’: fans post condolences for NHL coach

WATCH: Former Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Pat Quinn looks back on his memories of the 1994 team that made the Stanley Cup final and the special group of players on that team.

TORONTO – Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach and co-owner of the Vancouver Giants Pat Quinn passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.

Former players, friends and fans were quick to post their condolences and memories of Quinn on Twitter.

Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur summed up the feeling of many hockey fans when he tweeted Monday morning the hockey world needs “more Pat Quinns.”

Quinn coached the Maple Leafs from 1998 to 2006 and served as General Manager from 1998 to 2003. The team released a statement shortly after Quinn’s death was announced saying they were “saddened to learn of the passing of one of the NHL’s all-time great coaches.”

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper also sent out his condolences via Twitter, characterizing Quinn as a “giant of the hockey world.”

NHL teams and players including Alex Auld and Brendan Gallagher – who called Quinn the “best story teller I ever met” also tweeted condolences to the former coach.