Vancouver, B.C. – On Saturday, February 18th hockey fans and members of the public are invited to a ceremonial unveiling of a Pat Quinn statue on Rogers Arena’s Toyota Plaza.
The life sized statue is part of a legacy project created by a small group of Quinn’s former colleagues, partners, family friends and fans who wanted to create a permanent legacy of Pat Quinn’s amazing impact on hockey and Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The statue depicts Quinn coaching the Vancouver Canucks during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs and includes him holding a roster card engraved with each player’s name from 1994 roster. The statue also includes “Pat’s Bench” for fans to sit and have their photos taken. The idea behind “Pat’s Bench” originally came from Canadian Olympic athletes outside of Canada House in Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Winter Games, Quinn would often sit on a certain bench outside of Canada House and athletes from all sports would come and chat with him about anything and everything, specifically the ones that were not performing well. The statue’s overall depiction reflects Pat’s belief that all were part of the team, including fans, and was specifically created with that inclusion in mind.
The bronze statue was created by Norm Williams, one of Canada’s pre-eminent sculptors and creator of the nearby Roger Nielsen statue at Rogers Arena. The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Canucks have been important contributing partners in the statue’s development and installation.
Quinn’s legacy will also be reflected through the Pat Quinn Scholarship fund which is in currently in the development stages with Hockey Canada. This fund will focus on hockey players and athletes continuing their pursuit of a professional degree or designation upon completion of their post-secondary education and intercollegiate athletic careers.
Fans are encouraged to dress warmly and arrive early for the ceremony and unveiling of the statue prior to the Canucks game versus the Calgary Flames.