MONTREAL — Pat Quinn wants to set the record straight. There are certain urban myths that were prevalent during his time in Toronto he claims simply weren’t true. Here are three major ones.
THE ALLEGED MYTH: Pat Quinn can not coach young players.
QUINN SAYS: “I don’t know where that came from. My first year in Toronto, we had three rookies on defence — Tomas Kaberle, Danny Markov and Yannick Tremblay.” Since being dismissed by the Leafs in 2006, he also coached Canada to gold medals at the ’08 Under-18 worlds and the ’09 Under-20 worlds.
THE ALLEGED MYTH: Pat Quinn scuttled Mats Sundin’s effectiveness by not playing the captain 25-30 minutes a game.
QUINN SAYS: “We studied it. Mats was most effective playing 20-21 minutes. If he got too many minutes he’d start coasting a bit like most forwards do. It was for the team. Look at the 2002 Olympics. Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic saw their regular ice time cut and they still were effective.”
THE ALLEGED MYTH: Goaltender Curtis Joseph was so peeved at Quinn for not playing him more at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics Games, he would not shake the head coach’s hand during a pre-game ceremony at the Air Canada Centre.
QUINN SAYS: “That was one of Ken Dryden’s (ceremonies). When Curtis and I talked about it later, he said he told Ken he didn’t want to go out there in the first place. Nor was he expecting to. There was a story going around that Curtis had been promised to play more in Salt Lake. There was no such promise.”