Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Blue Quinn Making the Best of Another Chance with Kings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Blue Quinn Making the Best of Another Chance with Kings

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At age 29, Dan Quinn should be in the prime of his National Hockey League career.

Instead, he's trying to pick up the pieces of a once-promising career that was shattered by scandal in 1992.

So far, so good.

On Thursday, Quinn scored both goals as the Los Angeles Kings came from behind twice to tie the Blues 2-2 at the Forum. Quinn tied the game 1-1 at 6:14 of the final period, sneaking out from behind the net to deflect Darryl Sydor's shot over Curtis Joseph.

Then, after Brendan Shanahan gave the Blues a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 9:10, Quinn tied the game on a breakaway at 12:17, sneaking a shot between Joseph's pads. Quinn earned the game's No. 1 star and praise from coach Barry Melrose, who said, "He's been very, very good."

In 21 games this season, Quinn is second on the Kings with nine goals and fourth with 17 points. His plus-6 rating is second-best on the team. To be sure, these are not earthshaking numbers, but considering Quinn's circumstances, they're staggering.

Virtually exiled from the league after a scandal in Minnesota in November 1992, Quinn played only 24 games in the past two seasons - 11 with the Minnesota North Stars before the scandal and 13 at the end of last season with the Ottawa Senators.

Quinn's career came to a screeching halt when he was accused of sexual misconduct after an incident at a hotel in Bloomington, Minn. Although Quinn ultimately was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, the North Stars released him.

"It was bad timing," Quinn said. "It happened at the same time (owner) Norm Green was going through his thing."

At the time, Green faced allegations of sexual harrassment, and according to Quinn, Green told Quinn's agent, "I can't take any more bad publicity."

The public nature of the accusation led to an assumption of guilt, and NHL teams avoided Quinn like the plague. …

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