WATCH: Pat Quinn will be given a proper tribute by the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Squire Barnes has a preview.
It’s the most fitting day of all for the big Irishman to be remembered. Former Canuck and coach Pat Quinn will be honoured by the Canucks this St. Patrick’s Day.
Quinn will be remembered at today’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers for his contributions to the team.
There will be a public party at the plaza outside Rogers Arena, followed by the unveiling of Pat Quinn Way. Earlier this month, Vancouver city council has unanimously approved the motion to re-name the 700-block of Abbott Street into Pat Quinn Way as a tribute to the hockey legend who passed away last November.
WATCH: Jay Janower spoke one-on-one with Vancouver Canuck’s President Trevor Linden ahead of tonight’s tribute to the former coach and GM nicknamed ‘The Big Irishman’
Quinn, a former Vancouver Canucks coach and co-owner of the Vancouver Giants, passed away at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with illness.
He will also be honoured during a pre-game ceremony and the puck drop.
Players and colleagues will also share their favourite stories of Quinn through the night.
The Vancouver Giants, a team Quinn co-owned, announced Monday the creation of the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund, which will be comprised of a number of different initiatives in honour Quinn including a scholarship that will support former hockey players who want to pursue advanced legal studies. The proceeds from the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will go to the fund.
WATCH: Kalli Quinn talks to Global News about what it was like growing up in the same house as legendary NHL player, coach and father Pat Quinn.