I’m not a big fan of Halls of Fame , be it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Hockey Hall of Fame or any other of the never ending list of Halls of Fame.
The criteria used to select members often leaves us scratching our heads wondering why someone was selected or why they were overlooked.
But sometimes they get it right, as the Hockey Hall of Fame did yesterday when they named Hamilton’s Pat Quinn as an inductee.
Pat didn’t exactly turn heads as a player in the NHL, but he made it to the big leagues and stuck around for a while; not bad for a kid from the east end of Hamilton .
But Pat’s greatest accomplishments were in coaching and management, especially on the international front.
He coached Canada’s junior team to a world championship and we’ll never forget Quinn leading Team Canada to hockey gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
I can’t say that I knew Pat Quinn well, but we did meet on several occasions over the years at events here in Hamilton and I always remember the twinkle in his eye and his big, wide Irish smile .
I like to see good things happen to good people, and that happened yesterday when Pat Quinn was named to the Hall of Fame.