NHL’s Rangers Introduce BU’s Quinn as New Head Coach

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May 24, 2018
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by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor (@CHN_AdamWodon)

The New York Rangers welcomed David Quinn to Broadway on Thursday.

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NEW YORK — David Quinn, who was head coach at Boston University the last five years, was officially introduced as the new head coach of the NHL’s New York Rangers at a press conference today at Madison Square Garden.

Quinn became the second coach this offseason to jump right from the NCAA to the NHL, joining Denver’s Jim Montgomery, who is now with the Dallas Stars. They join Dave Hakstol, who made the move from North Dakota to the Philadelphia Flyers three years ago. Two other current NHL head coaches — Detroit’s Jeff Blashill and New Jersey’s John Hynes — have coached in the NCAA as a head or assistant coach; the five marks the most in the NHL with NCAA experience at any one time.

The Rangers have been looking for a coach familiar with teaching young players, as they begin what they themselves have called a rebuilding period.

“We were looking for someone with fresh ideas, a fresh approach,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said. “We met with a number of people, it kept coming back to David as the guy we wanted. … His communications skills will be important as we move forward. The way he likes to play meshes well with what we want to do here.”

But despite numerous conversations with Gorton and fellow BU alumnus Chris Drury, who is the Rangers’ assistant general manager, both of whom Quinn has known for over 20 years, Quinn was reluctant to make the move away from his alma mater. According to reports, the Rangers sweetened the deal from four years to five, worth a total of over $12 million, and Quinn finally decided to pull the trigger.

“It was a hard decision because of my passion and love for Boston …

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