Pat Quinn could have road near Rogers Arena named after him

By: Nick Eagland, The Province

The City of Vancouver is closer to honouring hockey legend Pat Quinn by naming a stretch of road after him near Vancouver Canucks’ home ice.

City council is considering a proposal to rename the one-block stretch of Abbott Street between Expo and Pacific boulevards, in front of Rogers Arena, to ‘Pat Quinn Way,’ after narrowing the selection down from a list of potential roadways.

Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal next week.

The idea was first proposed by TSN radio personality Tom Mayenknecht in the week following Quinn’s death on Nov. 23 last year.

City council passed a motion tabled by Mayor Gregor Robertson on Dec. 16 asking the City’s Civic Asset Naming Committee to work with Quinn’s family to identify a suitable roadway.

“The recent passing of Pat Quinn has inspired a national conversation regarding his lifetime of significant contributions to hockey and athletics across Canada,” Robertson said in the motion.

Quinn died at the age of 71 following a lengthy illness.

He worked as a coach, general manager and president with the Canucks between 1987 and 1997.

Quinn grew up in Hamilton, Ont. on Glennie Avenue, which was renamed ‘Pat Quinn Way’ after he led Team Canada to gold during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.