David Quinn coaches Boston University in 2015.

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Rangers Announce Hiring Of Former Boston University Coach David Quinn

May 22, 2018 - 2:03 pm
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By WFAN.com

As they embark on their youth movement, the New York Rangers are turning to a college coach.

The Blueshirts officially announced Wednesday they've hired former Boston University coach David Quinn to guide them through their rebuild.

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Terms of his deal were not immediately available. An introductory news conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

"David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent," Rangers owner James Dolan said in a news release. "I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with (team president) Glen (Sater), (general manager) Jeff (Gorton) and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team."

Said Gorton: "In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve."

Quinn, 51, spent the past five seasons at BU, leading the Terriers to four NCAA tournaments and to the national championship game in 2015, when they lost to Providence. His record was 105-67-21.

He coached three first-round picks at Boston University. That number is expected to reach four when top-five prospect Brady Tkachuk is selected next month.

Quinn's knack for developing players was no doubt a factor in the Rangers' decision to hire him. Aiming to build a sustainable contender down the road, the Blueshirts last season traded away veterans Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rich Nash Michael Grabner and Nick Holden last season for a host of prospects and draft picks.

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Quinn's other coaching experience includes serving as the head coach of the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters from 2009-12 and as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2012-13.

He replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired last month after five seasons, including going 34-39-9 (77 points) in 2017-18.

Quinn becomes the sixth coach to go from a U.S. college program to an NHL head coaching job, a group that also includes Jim Montgomery, who went from the University of Denver to the Dallas Stars this year.