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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. 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. Kevin Durant Jersey . The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. Golden State Warriors Jerseys . -- Pinch-runner Rajai Daviss decision to steal third base just as Oakland catcher Derek Norris was throwing the ball back to the pitcher caught most everyone by surprise -- including several of his Detroit teammates. - Jahlil Okafor had 21 points, Tyus Jones scored 16 with 10 assists and No. Jacob Evans Jersey . Those cheers seemed more special this time because the captains run on Broadway could soon be over. The adoration surely sounded much nicer to Callahan than all the recent trade talk. Kevon Looney Jersey . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Habs at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at.MILAN - Napoli rallied from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw at home against Empoli on Sunday, while Genoa beat AC Milan 1-0 to leapfrog Rafa Benitezs Napoli into third spot in Serie A.Simone Verdi and Daniele Rugani had given Empoli a comfortable lead but two goals in five minutes from Duvan Zapata and substitute Jonathan De Guzman saw Napoli recover.The character that the team showed in the second half is positive, Benitez said. But I am not happy because I wanted to see this attitude from the first minute.Its a bad result. Drawing at home is always bad.Former Milan defender Luca Antonelli scored the only goal of the game in Genoa to send the home side third, two points above Napoli.This third spot is deserved, we are really happy with our results at the moment, we didnt expect it, Antonelli said. Our aim remains to secure the 40 points for safety as soon as possible, even if it is great to wake up, look at the table and find yourself in this position.Sampdoria can move a point behind its city rival with a win at Hellas Verona on Monday.Lazio moved fifth with a 2-1 win at bottom club Parma.Udinese was level with Milan after Andrea Stramaccioni upset his former team Inter Milan 2-1 to leave Roberto Mancini still without a league win since his return to the Nerazzurri bench.Elsewhere, Atalanta also fought back from two goals down to beat Cesena 3-2 in a relegation battle.Napoli was poor for most of the match, where some abysmal defending allowed Verdi to score his first top-flight goal on the counter and Rugani to prod home from close range in the 53rd.However, Zapata headed Napoli back into the game shortly before De Guzman levelled, two minutes after coming off the bench, slotting Christian Maggios low cross into the bottom left corner.Empoli boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off for proteesting.ddddddddddddenoa took advantage of Napolis slip to move third after a mediocre performance from Milan, which started the day two points behind its opponent.The only positive news for Milan was Riccardo Montolivo making his first start since breaking his left leg in a pre-World Cup friendly with Italy in May.Antonelli — who had progressed through the youth ranks at Milan but only played once in Serie A with the team — scored shortly after the half hour, beating Daniele Bonera to head home a corner for his third goal in as many matches.Parma started positively but coach Roberto Donadoni will be further in trouble after its 12th league defeat.It should have taken the lead in the 11th minute but Massimo Gobbis strike was wrongly ruled out for offside following some good play by Antonio Cassano.Parma did go in front a minute from halftime as Raffaele Palladino headed Fabiano Santacroces cross into the top right corner but Stefano Mauri headed home from practically on the line to level in stoppages.Parma gifted Lazio the lead on the hour when Felip Djordjevic stole the ball off Alessandro Iacobucci and raced down the right flank before crossing for Felipe Anderson to tap in his first Serie A goal.It was Stramaccionis first match against Inter as coach since he was fired at the end of the 2012-13 season.Inter hit the crossbar through Mateo Kovacic before taking the lead on the stroke of halftime when Mauro Icardi timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and smash home Fredy Guarins through ball.However, Bruno Fernandes levelled on the hour with a sublime shot from the edge of the area into the top far corner.Rodrigo Palacios poor backpass was pounced on by Cyril Thereau, who took the ball past the onrushing Samir Handanovic before sending it into the empty net. 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