The New York Rangers finally got their man as David Quinn was introduced as the teams 35th head coach of the New York Rangers.
New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton finally was able to make the announcement he has been looking forward to since he fired Alain Vigneault in April. The Blueshirts have hired David Quinn as their new head coach, the 35th in franchise history.
“We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers,” Gorton said to NYRangers.com. “In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.”
Quinn, 51-years old, will take on a team that missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. The new head coach was a target early on for Gorton in his selection process.
He joins the Rangers after serving as head coach at Boston University for the past five seasons leading the Terriers to a 105-68-21 record. during that stretch, Quinn’s team won two Hockey East Tournament Championships, two Hockey East Regular Season Championships, The Beanpot in 2014-15 and four consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances (2014-15 – 2017-18).
Quinn is known as a coach who holds his players accountable for their actions but doesn’t penalize them for mistakes on the ice nearly as quick or as harsh as Vigneault had done.
Quinn will have is work cut out for him as this Rangers team is filled with inexperienced young players. The team’s youth was a contributing factor in hiring Quinn along with his Boston roots. The Rangers have plenty of personnel front the Boston area such as Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey as well as Gorton.
Quinn is the second Rangers coach to make the leap from the college ranks to the professional level with the other being a familiar name, 1980 Team USA and Minnesota coach Herb Brooks.