MONTREAL -- Always known as a blue collar guy, Pat Quinn, 63, spent yesterday morning shovelling snow off the driveway of his Vancouver-area home.
Surely there must be a better way for a former NHL coach to spend his leisure time, isn't there?
In Quinn's case, the answer is to get back behind the bench.
The former Maple Leafs bench boss, who coached Team Canada at the past two Olympics and at the 2004 World Cup, will do it again, leading Canada's entry at the coming Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
While there were discussions about potential positions with the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars during the summer, this will mark the first time Quinn will be back coaching since he was sacked by the Leafs at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season.
"I'm on record as saying I would like to coach again," Quinn said during a phone interview from Vancouver yesterday. "This is just one tournament but you never know what it will lead to, whether it be in the NHL or with Hockey Canada."
Quinn, who admits being interested in coaching Team Canada at the 2007 World Championship, makes no secret of the fact that he misses the game since being relieved of his Leafs' duties.
"At first there was lots to do," he said. "But I miss that purpose. When you have a job you have a purpose and I've been lucky that mine has been in the hockey world for a long time.
Quinn noted that present-day Leafs Brendan Bell and Ian White played in the Spengler Cup last year. This year's tournament runs from Dec. 26-31.
Most of the Canadian team will be made up of Canadian pros playing in Europe, the majority in Switzerland. Among the list of former NHLers, Quinn said, are forwards Serge Aubin, Domenic Pittis, Jamie Wright and former Leafs farmhand Josh Holden.
"This was an opportunity that first was presented to me in the summer and the timing just seems right now," Quinn said. "I look forward to getting those competitive juices going again."
Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe thinks Hockey Canada made a fine choice.
"Pat's a great coach, a player's coach," McCabe said. "The guys will enjoy playing for him."