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Proposal to rename street ‘Pat Quinn Way’ to go before Vancouver council

VANCOUVER – A radio host is planning to submit a proposal to Vancouver City Council to rename a street by Rogers Arena ‘Pat Quinn Way’.

Tom Mayenknecht, who is the host of the Sport Market on TSN Radio, wants to rename a stretch of Abbott Street, between Pacific Boulevard to the south and Expo Boulevard to the north, ‘Pat Quinn Way’ as a tribute to the 71-year-old who died last Sunday.

READ MORE: Pat Quinn passes away after long battle with illness

Abbot Street runs parallel to Griffiths Way, which was named after Arthur Griffiths, the former owner of the Vancouver Canucks.

Mayenknecht has been tweeting about the idea all week, saying it would be a perfect way to honour and recognize a great Canadian.

He says this stretch of road would be good because Quinn presided over the move of the Vancouver Canucks from the Pacific Coliseum to Rogers Arena (known then as General Motors Place), in 1995.

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His office on the fourth floor also overlooked the intersection of Pacific Boulevard, which would be renamed Pat Quinn Way. Gate 16 is also on that stretch of Abbot Street. The gate is named after Trevor Linden who was drafted into the NHL by Quinn in 1988.

Renaming the Pacific Coliseum ‘Pat Quinn Arena’

There is also a movement to rename the Pacific Coliseum, home of the Vancouver Canucks for many years, ‘Pat Quinn Arena’.

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