David Quinn coaches Boston University in 2015.

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Who Is David Quinn? 5 Facts About The Man Reportedly Set To Become Rangers' New Coach

May 21, 2018 - 11:50 am
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By WFAN.com

Boston University coach David Quinn has reportedly informed school officials that he intends to leave to accept the head coaching job with the New York Rangers.

The Blueshirts and the 51-year-old coach are expected to finalize a contract this week.

Here are five facts about the man who, barring any snags in negotiations, will stand behind the Rangers' bench starting next season. 

1. He once had a promising playing career.

The Minnesota North Stars drafted Quinn out of prep school with the 13th overall pick in 1984. A defenseman, Quinn opted to play at Boston University instead. After his junior season, he was forced to retire from playing due to a rare blood disorder called Christmas Disease. Medication later allowed him to return to play two minor-league seasons, including one with the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers.

2. He was a successful coach at BU.

Quinn spent five seasons at Boston University, where he led the Terriers to four NCAA tournaments, including to the national championship game in 2015. He has a record of 105-67-21 at BU. 

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3. He has a reputation for developing talent.

Quinn coached four All-Americans at Boston University: defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk and forwards Danny O'Regan and Jack Eichel. All four played in the NHL last season, and McAvoy, of the Boston Bruins, was one of the league's top rookies this season. Quinn also coached Arizona Coyotes rookie standout Clayton Keller. 

4. He does have pro coaching experience.

Quinn was the head coach of the AHL Lake Erie Monsters from 2009-12 and spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche.

5. He's a New Englander.

Quinn is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, and attended the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, before moving on to Boston University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology.