Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Former Blues Executive Quinn Dies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Former Blues Executive Quinn Dies

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Jack Quinn, who was in charge of the Blues from 1983 to 1996 under three different owners, died Tuesday of cancer in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 80.

Quinn was the general manager of a Class AAA baseball team in Vancouver in 1983 when Harry Ornest bought the Blues, who had been on the brink of moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Ornest also owned that baseball team and made Quinn the Blues executive vice president. When Ornest sold the team in 1986 to a local group with Mike Shanahan as chairman, Quinn stayed on. When Shanahan was fired in 1995, Quinn was promoted to president.

A year later, Quinn was fired, along with coach Mike Keenan, by team chairman Jerry Ritter. At the time, Keenan was openly feuding with star forward Brett Hull. Quinn was replaced by Mark Sauer.

Under Quinn's watch, the Blues won their division just once, in 1986-87, though they went to the playoffs every season. The team moved into what was then Kiel Center in 1994, but declining attendance at the building was cited as one of the reasons for Quinn's dismissal. Quinn also gave a good deal of authority to Keenan, who traded fan favorites Brendan Shanahan, Curtis Joseph and Kelly Chase and helped drive Wayne Gretzky to leave via free agency. "Hindsight's 20-20," Quinn said on the day of his dismissal.

"Hockey's alive and well in St. Louis," Quinn also said that day. "And when the Stanley Cup is paraded through St. Louis, I hope I get a chance to look at it."


The Blues activated forward Pat Maroon off of injured reserve on Friday and had him in the lineup against Nashville. Maroon had missed six of the previous seven games, two to healthy scratches and four to an upper-body injury suffered against Chicago.

"After the game, I didn't feel right in the morning," he said. "I got a little rehab and worked on it and I feel pretty good now. …

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