Pat Quinn has a special place in the hearts of many British Columbians.
Vancouver is a hockey town, and Quinn's long-time association with the Canucks, including stints as a player on the ice, head coach, and president and general manager of the organization, plus notable moves like bringing Pavel "the Russian Rocket" Bure to Vancouver, cemented Quinn's status as a local hero.
If that weren't enough, Quinn coached Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, leading the team to its first Olympic gold medal since 1952. (Remember that pass from Pronger through Lemiux to Kariya?)
And so, after he died at age 71 in 2014, Quinn was immortalized with a tribute that today still stands outside the Canuck's home ice at Rogers Arena. The statue immediately became a popular attraction for residents and tourists alike.
Now there's a similarly universal reaction but one of disgust instead of admiration. Quinn's statue was vandalized over the Remembrance Day long weekend (November 10 to 12). It's face was painted orange.
"So some moron had the nerve - the unmitigated gall - to go after and deface the Pat Quinn memorial @RogersArena," one fan wrote on Twitter alongside photographs of the damage. "Perhaps some Western Justice is needed when we catch this jackass. 10 minutes in a room with Gino, Hunter, and Antoski, and the @VancouverPD get what’s left."
Jeff Stipec, COO of Canucks Sports and Entertainment, issued a statement in response to the incident.
“Pat is an icon with the Canucks and our city,” it reads. “It is disrespectful and disappointing to see his statue like this. We are in the process of restoring it to its original prominence.”
The statue was first unveiled in February 2017.More