October 22, 1968|
Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
14th overall, 1987|
Stéphane Yvon Quintal (born October 22, 1968) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Player Safety for the NHL.
Quintal played 16 NHL seasons before retiring in August 2005. He was the only member of the Canadiens never to miss a game in 1998–99. He had been the last player to wear number 5 before the Canadiens retired it in honour of Bernard "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion. He retired in 2004.
Quintal joined the Department of Player Safety, one of the NHL's disciplinary arms, at its creation at the opening of the 2011-12 NHL season. The head of the department was initially Brendan Shanahan, who left his position after the completion of the 2013-14 regular season to become president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time, Quintal became the head of the Department of Player Safety on an interim basis. On September 8, 2014, the NHL named Quintal as permanent head of the department, with the title Senior Vice President of Player Safety. Quintal continued Shanahan's practice of releasing videos explaining his rulings on plays that were sent to the league office for review. However, he only narrates French-language videos for incidents involving the Canadiens or Ottawa Senators, a practice dating to when Shanahan ran the department. All other videos are narrated by a deputy, Patrick Burke.
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||St. Louis Blues||NHL||26||0||6||6||32||4||1||2||3||6|
|1992–93||St. Louis Blues||NHL||75||1||10||11||100||9||0||0||0||8|
|1999–2000||New York Rangers||NHL||75||2||14||16||77||—||—||—||—||—|
Director of Player Safety
After taking over the job from Brendan Shanahan on April 11, 2014, Quintal was quickly faced with a repeat offender in the form of Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke. Cooke had kneed Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during round one of the 2014 playoffs, ending his season. Cooke received a 7-game suspension and returned for round two of the playoffs.
- February 7, 1992: Traded by the Boston Bruins, along with Craig Janney, to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Adam Oates.
- September 24, 1993: Traded by the St. Louis Blues, along with Nelson Emerson, to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Phil Housley.
- July 8, 1995: Traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Montreal's 1995 2nd round draft choice.
- July 13, 1999: Signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
- October 5, 2000: Claimed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks from the New York Rangers.
- June 23, 2001: Traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Montreal's 2001 4th round draft choice.
- June 27, 2004: Traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations.
Awards and achievements
- QMJHL First All-Star Team (1987)
- "Quintal to lead NHL Department of Player Safety". NHL.com. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Boston Bruins first round draft pick