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Sharks introduce David Quinn
Quinn becomes 11th head coach in franchise history
7/26/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks formally introduced new head coach David Quinn to the media on Tuesday morning during a press conference at SAP Center. Quinn becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history, replacing Bob Boughner who was relieved of his duties earlier this summer.

Quinn walks into a rebuild that leaves him with fewer weapons than those teams that will be battling for a Stanley Cup this season. He spent three seasons as the bench boss for the New York Rangers, compiling a 96-87-25 record. His only playoff appearance during that period was in 2020 when the Rangers were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the Qualifying Round.

His professional career was limited to 79 games, played in the AHL and IHL. After being drafted 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1984, Quinn elected to continue at Boston University. He tried out for the 1988 Olympic Team, where he was diagnosed with Haemophilia, a blood clotting disorder.

While trying out for the 1992 Olympic Team, the Rangers signed him to a contract where he went on to play with the affiliate Binghamton Rangers. He finished his playing career in 1992-93 with the Cleveland Lumberjacks.

He subsequently turned to coaching, which has seen stints in the AHL, USA Hockey and his alma mater in Boston. He coached the Terriers from 2013 through 2018, compiling a 105-69-21 record. The Terriers were runners up in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2015 under Quinn's leadership.

Ironically, Quinn's first NHL victory as head coach of the Rangers came against the Sharks in October of 2018.

The Rhode Island native deftly answered a handful of questions from reporters. He was comfortable in front of the microphone, responding to the typical Bay area media.

When asked about how he would handle younger players, Quinn was direct. "I've coached a lot of players, and you have to be demanding but fair...when you have 18 and 19 year old players, they may be set in their ways, which may not translate to the NHL."

Sharks General Manager Mike Grier added his opinion on comments that Quinn was hard on young players.

"Regardless of age, we expect accountability." He opined on some of the situations that Quinn dealt with in New York regarding younger players, citing several players who had to earn their ice time and situational roles.

Quinn will no doubt be faced with a lineup of younger players as the Sharks try to re-establish themselves as a playoff caliber team.

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