David Quinn (ice hockey)

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David Quinn
Born (1966-07-30) July 30, 1966 (age 50)
Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Played for Binghamton Rangers (AHL)
Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL)
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1984
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1992–1993

David Quinn (born July 30, 1966 in Cranston, Rhode Island) is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was formerly head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL and assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He currently serves as head coach at Boston University.[1]


Playing career[edit]

After his prep career at the Kent School, he was drafted in the first round, 13th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Quinn forwent turning professional immediately after being drafted, and instead played collegiately for Boston University. After his junior season, he tried out for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. However, during his tryout he was diagnosed with Haemophilia B (also known as Christmas disease), a rare disorder which prevents blood from clotting properly.[3] Due to the disorder, Quinn was forced to retire from the game.

Quinn was later able to find funding for expensive medication to combat the disease, and he was given a tryout for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. He did not make the team, but he did attract the attention of the New York Rangers, who signed him to his first professional contract in February 1992. Quinn finished the 1991–92 season with the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers. He then played the entire 1992–93 season with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. He retired following that season, however, without ever making the National Hockey League.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing, Quinn began a career as a coach. After serving as an assistant coach for Northeastern University, Quinn joined a fledgling program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.[4] After helping build the program at Omaha for six years, Quinn left to become a developmental coach for USA Hockey.[5] He then worked as an assistant at his alma mater, Boston University, helping the Terriers to the National Title in 2009.[4][6]

On June 22, 2009, Quinn was introduced as head coach for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. It marked a return to Cleveland where he played with the Lumberjacks.[7]

On June 14, 2012, Quinn was named as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He had previously coached the Avalanche's minor league affiliate in Lake Erie of the AHL from 2009–2012.[8]

On March 25, 2013, Quinn was named the eleventh head coach of Boston University, replacing Jack Parker.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Boston University NCAA 30 3 11 14 26
1985–86 Boston University NCAA 37 2 20 22 58
1986–87 Boston University NCAA 27 1 11 12 34
1991–92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 19 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 60 8 13 21 102 3 0 0 0 0
NCAA Totals 94 6 42 48 118
Professional Totals 79 8 13 21 108 5 0 0 0 0

College Head Coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Boston University Terriers (Hockey East) (2013–present)
2013–14 Boston University 10–21–4 5–12–3 9th
2014–15 Boston University 28–9–5 14–5–3 1st NCAA Runner Up
2015–16 Boston University 21–13–5 12–6–4 5th NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2016–17 Boston University 24–12–3 13–6–3 t-1st NCAA West Regional Finals
Boston University: 83–53–17 44–29–13
Total: 83–53–17

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 1985–86 [10]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1986 [11]


  1. ^ Marrapese-Burrell, Nancy (26 March 2013). "David Quinn to be named BU men’s hockey coach". Sports. Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ 1984 NHL Entry Draft picks
  3. ^ a b 1984 NHL Entry Draft – David Quinn
  4. ^ a b Quinn: Boston to Omaha and back again
  5. ^ MEN'S ICE HOCKEY: USA Hockey Names David Quinn As Associate U.S. National Development Coach
  6. ^ Boston University Athletics Official Athletic Site
  7. ^ "Avalanche hire Quinn as coach of AHL affiliate". denverpost.com. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Quinn Named Assistant Coach". avalanche.nhl.com. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  9. ^ Buccigross, John (25 March 2013). "Source tells me David Quinn will succeed Jack Parker as the next hockey coach at Boston University". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Lawton
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Warren Babe
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jerry York
Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Nate Leaman