Don Cherry remembers Pat Quinn as ‘one of the good old boys’

Head Coach Pat Quinn of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place on January 10, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

TORONTO – Don Cherry remembers Pat Quinn as an old-school coach with a special way about him.

Quinn, a former NHL defenceman, coach and executive, died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

“He was one of the good old boys. We’re all going fast,” the 80-year-old Cherry told The Canadian Press.

“He wasn’t one of those guys with the Xs and Os but he had the touch. That’s what I think of Pat Quinn, he had the touch.”

That included his relationship with his players.

“The players loved him,” Cherry said. “If you noticed (about) all the old-school coaches, the players loved them. Because they were one of them more or less.”

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