Quinn interviewed for the head coach of the Sharks… in 2015
David Quinn could have been the head coach of the San Jose Sharks… in 2015.
General manager Mike Grier’s new bench boss, who will be introduced next week, told the Cam & Strick podcast in December: ‘I had a conversation [about an NHL head coaching job], once, after my sophomore year, after losing the national championship game. I spoke to San Jose, I went in depth with San Jose in this process.
“They didn’t offer me the job, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they did. But I was just happy to be at BU.
In May 2015, Quinn had just led Boston University to the NCAA championship game and the San Jose Sharks, who had just missed the playoffs, were looking to replace Todd McLellan. General manager Doug Wilson would bring in Peter DeBoer rather than Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle, Adam Oates and possibly Dave Lowry, Trent Yawney and Kevin Dineen, according to Mercury News.
Add Quinn to that list.
Quinn will remain in charge of BU until May 2018, when he will get his first NHL head coaching gig with the New York Rangers. DeBoer guided the San Jose Sharks to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2019 Western Conference Finals.
The rebuilding Rangers missed the postseason throughout Quinn’s tenure, and they fired him in May 2021. The Sharks let DeBoer go in December 2019 and replaced him with Bob Boughner, whom Quinn will take on. the reins.
And now Quinn will have another chance to get around the Sharks.
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