Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Quinn takes the reins in San Jose; Vlasic impresses in Chicago UPDATED


The San Jose Sharks today announced former Terriers and New York Rangers head coach David Quinn as the 10th head coach of the franchise. With his appointment, there are, again, three Terriers leading NHL teams, as Quinn joins Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan and Nashville’s John Hynes.

Today's announcement and Q&A:

The announcement was made by the Shark’s recently named general manager, Mike Grier.

"David has successfully coached at several different levels in his hockey career, including with Team USA on the international stage at the Olympics and leading the team at the World Championships to the Bronze Medal game," said Grier. "His experience in developing young players as a head coach at Boston University and at the NHL level over the last few seasons has proven to be effective."

"His previous NHL head coaching experience is valuable to us and he implements a system that will fit with our philosophy of being a hard team to play against. We are extremely happy to have him a part of this organization."

In addition to his three-season stint with the Rangers, Quinn, who turns 56 this week, had been head coach of Colorado’s AHL club, Lake Erie, for three seasons and had served as an Avalanche assistant for one season, 2013-2014.

The following year he succeeded legendary Terrier head coach Jack Parker behind the BU bench for five seasons. In 2014-15, he led BU to the Beanpot and Hockey East championships and to the NCAA title game.

This past season, Quinn coached Team USA in the Winter Olympic Games and in the IIHF World Championships. 

● Elite Prospects David Quinn coaching history

● NHL.com Sharks Name David Quinn Head Coach

● NHL.com Sharks coach Quinn, GM Grier bring Boston University bond to new jobs

● TSN.com Sharks hire Quinn as new head coach

The first Terrier to serve as an NHL head coach was Steve Stirling, captain of BU’s 1971 national champions. He led the New York Islanders for two seasons (2004-06) and later was an AHL head coach and assistant coach. He’s currently director of collegiate scouting for Ottawa.

Incoming freshman center Ryan Greene is competing for a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team that will compete in the 2023 World Junior Championships. That tournament will be played in Halifax, close to Greene's home in Paradise Newfoundland.

Looking back

Alex Vlasic, who suited up for the Blackhawks in 15 games this past Spring, impressed staff and media in Chicago’s recent development camp. The Illinois native showed improved skating and confidence, while adding weight to his 6’6” frame.

Player Development chief Mark Eaton called Vlasic one of the more impressive performers in camp this week on Wednesday and mentioned that he’s taken a leadership role among the prospects in camp.

● BleacherNation.com  Vlasic is oozing confidence in camp and the Blackhawks are taking notice

Former Terrier All-American defenseman David Farrance has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Wolves, the defending AHL Calder Cup champions. Farrance spent his first full pro season with the Milwaukee Admirals, a Nashville affiliate, where he had a goal and three assists in 50 games. 
● OurSportsCentral report

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