Pat Quinn to Coach the Edmonton Oilers

S. SinghContributor IMay 27, 2009

MISSISSAUGA, ON - FEBRUARY 13:  (L-R)  Brad Richards, Todd Bertuzzi, Ryan Smyth, and Pat Quinn take part in a light skate at the Canadian hockey team practice before leaving for Torino, Italy on February 13, 2006 in Mississauga, Ontario. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

The Oilers have failed to make the post season playoffs for three years in a row, and look to Pat Quinn to breath new life and success into the storied Canadian franchise.

The Edmonton Oilers recently announced that Pat Quinn was hired to take over coaching duties. Quinn, 66, now becomes the oldest coach in the NHL. He will work with former New York Ranger bench boss Tom Renney as associate coach.

Renney had previously replaced Quinn as coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 1996, when the latter went on to resume his GM duties of the same team.

His teams have made the playoffs in 15 of the 19 seasons he has coached, having reached the Stanley Cup finals once. Pat Quinn has also seen success in the international arena, leading Canada to a gold medal in the 2002 winter Olympics and a 6-0 record in the 2004 world cup victory, and coaching the Canadian IIHF world cup under-18 team to victory in 2008.

He can be described as a "players' coach," and says he is "an educator first and a whip-cracker second."  In dealing with a young team such as the Oilers, "We will be pushing, cajoling, teaching as well as we can to reach high standards."

In Quinn, the Oilers get a solid coach who has proven to be successful in working with both veteran and younger players.  Edmonton seems to be a good fit for the Irishman. The only surprising thing, was how long it took for him to catch on with an NHL team.