Hockey World Reacts To Rangers Signing David Quinn As New Head Coach

Boston Globe

There has been a lot of positive reaction to the hiring of David Quinn as the 35th head coach of the New York Rangers.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton had this to say, which was tweeted out by the Rangers team account on twitter.

James Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Madison Square Garden Company, echoed Gorton’s sentiments, saying that “David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team.”

Rangers management weren’t the only ones that had glowing words for the new bench boss. Hockey insider Dan Rosen, who covers the Rangers for, said that he has heard nothing but good things about the 51-year-old Quinn.

As Dolan mentioned in April, the Rangers were looking for a coach that would be able to develop young talent, and if all of the reports coming out are true, this is the right man for the job.

While at Boston University, Quinn led his teams to two Hockey East championships, won a Hockey East coach of the year award, and led his team to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Quinn has molded talents like Noah Hanifin, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, and Jack Eichel, as well as top NHL prospects Kiefer Bellows, Dante Fabbro and Brady Tkachuk. Quinn also served as an assistant under legendary head coach Jack Parker from 2004-2009, which included winning a national championship in 2008-2009; the team’s top defenseman was none other than current Rangers blue-liner Kevin Shattenkirk. Tkachuk, the most recent of this group, had this to say on BU losing it’s boss bench.

All signs are pointing in the right direction for this always transforming Rangers organization. Next up for Quinn, hiring assistants (perhaps even former Rangers forward Martin St. Louis) and getting ready for the 2018 NHL Draft. It’s an exciting time in Rangerstown, and ForeverBlueshirts will be there to cover it all.

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