In Conversation with ... Pat Quinn
Monday, 27.01.2003 / 12:00 AM / Features
Toronto Maple Leafs
Brian Duff: What's been the most enjoyable aspect of the game of hockey for you? Is it being a player, a coach, or a manager?
Pat Quinn: Well, I think most of the people that have been in this game for a long time and have had the opportunity to play would still say playing is the best and I fondly remember my playing days, although it's been a longer out now than playing, and I played fourteen seasons as a pro, so, but that was fun. I mean you could get out there and forget everything and just compete against somebody else. And it was a wonderful time. I was really blessed to be able to play.
| Pat Quinn learned to use his leadership skills throughout his career.
Pat Quinn: I think that's just the start of it. You know, when you're talking about the length of a career, everyone knows that professional athletes have a certain timeline, and you're not gonna get beyond very far. So, no, I think someone that looked at me now would say you're a little old to be a player, so obviously time goes on and you have to make some changes and staying in the game was nothing that I particularly planned, but it sure worked out well, and I've been able to enjoy this beautiful game since I was 15 years old.
Brian Duff: What did you think of yourself as a player? How would you have described you - the player?
Pat Quinn: Well, I could play a physical game. I wasn't a terrific skater, but knowledge of the game and my own skills allowed me to play at a high level. I had leadership skills. I was the captain on many teams that I played for, and one thing I could do is pass the puck. I could get it moving and find the right pass and around the front of my net - that is what I really took pride in and tried to do a very good job there. I wouldn't be called an offensive guy, but I did get my share of points. But the big thing for me was the physical contact. I used to love that and loved to get some contact in when possible.
Brian Duff: Could you use the word "bully" to describe you?
| Brian Duff was able to get Pat Quinn to open up in this 30-minute special.
Pat Quinn: I don't think so. I think I was tougher than most guys - probably all of them at one point of time during my career. Tougher in the sense of fighting. There are a lot of tough guys that don't fight. I could scrap, but I could also play a hard, tough game, and I wouldn't call it a bully. The role of the enforcer in those days was a little bit different - you had to be able to play as well . And so we went through the 70's era where the enforcers couldn't play. They were truly just enforcers. So I always followed the simple rules that you didn't start stuff unless you're intending to finish it and generally when I started it, it was to defend one of my teammates. I very seldom was fighting on my own behalf unless it was to defend myself. The other one was hit first - ask questions later. That's something I always tried to live by.
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