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The tributes to and recollections of the Big Irishman will be coming fast and furious
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The tributes to and recollections of the Big Irishman will be coming fast and furious today, as they should. Phillip Gaines Bills Jersey . The death of Pat Quinn, at age 71, touches most everyone in the hockey world because he was, well, most everywhere in the hockey world doing just about everything there was to be done. He was about the best man I ever met, said former NHL general manager George McPhee, who cut his teeth in the hockey business working for Quinn and the Vancouver Canucks and who named his first son Graham Quinn McPhee in honour of Pat. Pat had a gift, McPhee added. He had this incredible presence. He could walk into a room and take it over, this big, square-jawed Irishman chomping on a cigar who was so intimidating. If you worked for him and went into his office, you had better be prepared and know your stuff. But if you really knew Pat, you knew the real gift he had was his big heart and how much he cared for everyone he came into contact with. For as intimidating as he seemed, Pat had time for everyone, and I mean everyone. Whether it was the Zamboni driver in L.A. or the guy sweeping the floor in Philadelphia, they all wanted to talk to Pat Quinn and Pat Quinn wanted to talk to them. It would be 15 minutes before a game and someone would be sitting with Pat and theyd be having a heart-to-heart conversation. I cant tell you how many times in Vancouver some fan would drop by the PNE just to meet and talk to Pat and Pat would have that fan or season ticket holder come into his office and talk to them like he was their best friend. He had charisma. He had that special something. Pat could talk about anything, it didnt have to be hockey. Politics, history, religion, law, economics, this was a man who really could have done anything in his life, he could have been successful at anything he chose to do. Were just lucky enough it happened to be in hockey. He was so much to so many. For a kid growing up in Toronto in the 1960s, he was the Maple Leafs big man on the blueline, the guy who felled Bobby Orr with the infamous hit in the 1969 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the 1980s, he became the NHL gold standard for coaching, guiding the Philadelphia Flyers to an NHL record 35-game unbeaten streak that helped propel the Flyers to the 1980 Cup final. He turned out to be every bit as brainy as brawny, too, leaving the game briefly to get a law degree before returning to go behind the bench of the Los Angeles Kings. His career wasnt without controversy. He was suspended by the NHL because NHL president John Ziegler believed Quinn was in conflict of interest, trying to go to the Vancouver Canucks while still an employee of the Los Angeles Kings. But he put all of that behind him, guiding the Canucks to the 1994 Cup final and enhancing his persona as the dapper big Irishman with the larger than life personality. He presided over a renaissance of sorts for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where as coach and GM in the late 1990s and early 2000s, his team was a perennial playoff performer, never getting to the big dance but making the Leafs relevant again in Toronto. During that time, of course, he guided Canada to the Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City, a sign of things to come for him internationally. As Team Canadas coach at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, he failed to win a medal and not long after that, his tenure with the Leafs came to an end. But then Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson leaned on his old pal to come back and coach kids internationally. He won a gold medal coaching Canada at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship and then won a gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championship in Ottawa. Canada hasnt won a gold medal at the WJC since then. He was a part owner with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Quinn had a brief fling as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers in 2009, but it was clear his time as an NHL head coach and/or executive was up. Still, he remained a big presence in the game, becoming chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. The last time I saw Pat Quinn was last spring, at a function to honour outgoing Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson at the Hall of Fame. Hed lost a lot of weight, he didnt quite physically fill up the room the way he used to when hed strut in wearing his three-piece suit and cigar clenched between his teeth, but his warmth and caring, asking others there how they were faring and taking an interest in them and how and what they were doing, well, that never changed. If your measure of a man is how many lives were impacted by that man, well, Pat impacted more peoples lives in hockey than anyone I can think of, McPhee said. Hes a father figure to so many of us in the game. Pat Quinn was, literally and figuratively, a giant of a man, so many things to so many people. Josh Allen Jersey . The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during the protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward. Taron Johnson Bills Jersey . Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons and fourth in seven. http://www.authenticbillsfanatic.com/c-9...ersey.aspx . The former world No. 1 Djokovic, who is the top seed here despite being ranked No. 2, snuck past 35-year-old Czech showman Radek Stepanek in four high- quality sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), on Centre Court. Djokovic appeared relieved when he converted on his first match point by swatting a cross-court forehand winner that just caught the line to end an affair that featured only two service breaks. PHILADELPHIA -- Two same-day call-ups helped the San Francisco Giants stay ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to spoil Cliff Lees return from the disabled list and Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 on Monday night. Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs, Buster Posey drove in two runs and the Giants are two percentage points ahead of Los Angeles for first place in the NL West. George Kontos (2-0) gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings in relief to earn the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his sixth save in nine tries. Duvall and Kontos both arrived from Triple-A Fresno after midnight to replace Matt Cain and Brandon Belt on the roster. "Any time you get up here, it doesnt matter how late," Duvall said. Kontos hopes his third trip to the big leagues this season is his last. "Every time I come up I expect to be here for the rest of my career," he said. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong gave up four runs -- three earned -- and 11 hits in three-plus innings. But San Franciscos bullpen combined for six scoreless innings. Making his first start since May 18 because of an elbow injury, Lee (4-5) had a rare rough outing against San Francisco. Lee was 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six career games against the Giants. He allowed five earned runs in 51 innings in those six starts before giving up six runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings in this one with several scouts watching in the stands. If Lee shows hes healthy and pitches effectively, he is a prime candidate for a trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. The four-time All-Star and 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner already was traded once by the Phillies in December 2009 on the same day they acquired Roy Halladay in a separate deal. The Phillies are headed toward their second straight losing season and will be looking to acquire young players from contending teams for some of their high-priced veterans. "I could care less about the scouts or trade rumours," Lee said. "Ive never cared about themm. Taron Johnson Jersey. My goal is to go out there and give my team a chance to win. Im in Philly and I want this team to win." The teams combined to hit 21 singles before Duvall launched a homer to straightaway centre to give the Giants a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Pences RBI single with two outs made it 6-4 and sent Lee to an early exit. Pence hit an RBI triple off Jeff Manship in the eighth. "Its pretty cool to hit a homer against a guy like that," Duvall said. Ryan Howard gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a checked-swing single to left that chased Vogelsong. Kontos entered with runners on first and third, struck out Marlon Byrd and Domonic Brown and retired Cody Asche on a liner to right. Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead with a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the second. Posey hit a two-run single to centre to make it 3-2 in the third. Gregor Blancos RBI single to right in the second gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. Byrd threw out Michael Morse trying to score from second base on the play. Morse ran into catcher Cameron Rupp and was upended over the plate before being tagged out. Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the call, but a video review confirmed he was out. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had a successful challenge in the seventh inning when replays showed Asche beat a throw to first for an infield single. The game ended with a challenge when Brown grounded out to third and a review upheld the call. NOTES: The Giants signed three-time All-Star 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract. Uggla was released by the Braves last Friday. "Hes excited and we are, too," Bochy said. "Hell get at-bats at Fresno and hopefully he can help us." ... The Giants put RHP Cain on the 15-day DL because of elbow inflammation. They placed 1B Belt on the seven-day DL because of a concussion. ... Pence leads the NL with 37 multi-hit games. ... RHP Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 4.22) goes for the Phillies on Tuesday night vs. RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.86). 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