Dan Quinn Was a Highly Skilled Offensive Star for 14 NHL Seasons.
Episode 49 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast features 14-year NHL veteran and celebrity golf legend Dan Quinn.
Dan was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1983 and he made his debut with Calgary halfway through the next season, scoring 52 points in 54 games and adding 8 more points in eight post season games.
He really hit his stride in 1985-86 as he led the Flames in scoring with 72 points and recorded 15 points in 18 playoff games as the Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before succumbing to the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1986, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Mike Bullard.
It was in the Steel City where Quinn would have his most individual success, as he scored a career high 40 goals in 1987–88, and a career-high 94 points the next season on a high-flying Penguins team that also featured the likes of Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey.
Despite his success, in 1990 he was traded to Vancouver where he was named team captain — but he admits that his dedication to the game was less than optimal while with the Canucks.
Dan had numerous other productive, but brief, NHL stops in Ottawa, LA, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
After retiring from hockey in 1996, Dan continued to compete at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic, an annual competition to determine the best golfers among American sports and entertainment celebrities. He won the tournament in 1992, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2012, and had a total of eighteen top-10 finishes.
Dan is articulate, honest and insightful and you’ll enjoy reliving his NHL journey with interesting recollections about teammates and coaches including Joe Mullen, Wayne Gretzky, Al McInnes, Lemieux, Coffey, Kent Nilsson, Badger Bob Johnson and many more.