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Pat Quinn, a former NHL player, coach and executive, dies at 71 after long illness

FILE - This April 19, 2004, file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn answering questions following an optional skate in Toronto. Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn died Sunday night, Nov. 23, 2014, in Vancouver. He was 71. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)

FILE - This April 19, 2004, file photo shows Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn answering questions following an optional skate in Toronto. Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn died Sunday night, Nov. 23, 2014, in Vancouver. He was 71. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn has died at age 71.

The Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants said Quinn died Sunday night in Vancouver after a long illness. Quinn was a co-owner of the team, which on Monday announced his death on behalf of the family.

Quinn played parts of nine seasons in the NHL and went on to enjoy a long coaching career. He coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quinn also guided Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.