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Pat Quinn, who coached Canada to gold in 2002, dies at 71

Pat Quinn

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 22: Canadian head coach, Pat Quinn, center, with assistant coaches Jaques Martin, left, and Ken Hitchcock, right, behind players (left to right) Steve Yzerman #19, Mario Lemieux #66, Ryan Smyth #94, Eric Lindros #88, Joe Nieuwendyk #25 and Brendan Shanahan #14 during the games against Belarus in the semifinals of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2002 at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Canada won 7-1. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Pat Quinn, a longtime NHL coach who led Canada to its first Olympic men’s hockey gold in 50 years in 2002, died at age 71 on Sunday.

Quinn coached Team Canada to the Olympic title at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, beating the U.S. 5-2 in the gold-medal game. That team included Mario Lemieux, Martin Brodeur and Steve Yzerman, with Wayne Gretzky as the executive director.

“Those 50 years without a gold medal have been an albatross around our necks,” Quinn said after winning in 2002, according to the Globe and Mail.

Quinn came back to guide the 2006 Canadian Olympic team that lost in the quarterfinals in Torino to Russia.

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