After a five year span including two Hockey East regular season titles, two Hockey East Tournament championships, a National Championship appearance and four straight NCAA tournament showings, former Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn has been named the 35th head coach of the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers.
The deal is believed to be over the course of five years and $2.4 million per year.
“We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers,” Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton said in a press release. “In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level … He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve.”
The 2015 Hockey East and New England Coach of the Year will be making his second appearance as NHL coaching staff — he previously spent the 2012-13 season as the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche before returning to BU.
The Cranston, Rhode Island, native and BU alumnus replaces former head coach Alain Vigneault on the Rangers’ bench. The Rangers fired Vigneault in April after the team missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010.
During his five seasons as the Terriers’ head coach, Quinn amassed a 105-68-21 record, including a nine game unbeaten streak this past season, the longest for the Terriers since the 2008-09 National Championship — a team on which Quinn served as an associate head coach.
“David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent,” James Dolan, CEO and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, said in the release. “I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team.”
Quinn will have a familiar face on the Rangers’ blue line in former Terrier defenseman and captain Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk was one of the six defensemen who played for BU’s 2009 National Championship that reached the NHL.
“I’m incredibly excited for this new challenge, but leaving a job like this is very hard to do,” Quinn said in a press release from BU. “BU is a special place that has given me so much, not only as a player and a student, but also as a coach. The lifelong friendships I’ve developed here over the years absolutely mean the world to me.”
Although only five coaches have previously made the jump directly from NCAA hockey to the NHL, Quinn joins former University of Denver and current Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, who made this similar move this past season.
Current head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, David Hakstol, made the jump in 2015 after 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota. He led the Flyers to the playoffs in two out of his three seasons.
Coaching on a big stage is nothing new for Quinn — he coached the United States National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship five times and also both the Under-18 and Under-20 World Junior Championship, all as an assistant coach.
Quinn was named the head coach for the upcoming Under-20 World Junior Championship for 2019 in April.
With the hiring of Quinn, there are now three former Terriers who are head coaches in the NHL. Mike Sullivan coaches the Pittsburgh Penguins, while John Hynes leads the New Jersey Devils.
Both Sullivan and Hynes led their teams to the playoffs this season.
The national search to find the Boston University men’s hockey team’s next head coach will begin immediately.
“David skillfully led our men’s ice hockey program with pride and distinction over the past five years and we are grateful for his leadership,” BU Athletic Director Drew Marrochello said in the press release. “He helped continue the standard of excellence that BU hockey has enjoyed for decades, and now joins a legion of fellow Terriers in leadership positions at the highest level of professional hockey.”