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David Quinn was appointed coach of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Quinn, who turns 56 on Saturday, replaced Bob Bogner, who was sacked on July 1.

“For me, the number one responsibility I have as a coach here is to manage our players,” Quinn said. “Put them in a position to be as successful as possible. Make them the best player they can be. Sometimes you have to be hard for them and sometimes you need to be on the court and I think you always try to find that balance as a coach.”

Quinn was fired as coach of the New York Rangers on May 12, 2021, having moved 96-87-25 in three seasons, and was replaced by Gerard Gallant. Rangers fired President John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton one week earlier on May 5, to be replaced by Chris Drury, who has been promoted to president and general manager.

Quinn, who has not coached in the National Hockey League this season, led the United States to fifth at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“We want to go back to that winning culture that’s been here for a really long time,” Quinn said. “And I know the past three years have been tough, but I also think that’s been a byproduct of the success that the sharks have had over the past 15-20 years.”

Sharks went 32-37-13 this season and finished 20 points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card in the Stanley Cup playoffs of the Western Conference. This was the third consecutive season that they failed to qualify for the post-season after reaching the playoffs for 14 of the previous 15 seasons.

“One of the things we want to be is having a stubborn, fast team that has the freedom,” Quinn said. “When the trade deadline happened this year, [the Sharks] It was only four points from the playoffs. So we feel that with some improvements along the way we will be in a great position to move forward next season… I’ve never heard a coach say he wants to play “slow”. So, we definitely want to play fast style, stubborn style, aggressive style, and [be] A highly competitive team.”

San Jose hired Mike Greer as the first black general manager in NHL history on July 5 and traded the defensive man Brent Burns To the Carolina Hurricanes on July 13. The Sharks were the only NHL team without a coach.

“[Quinn’s] Experience developing young players as a head coach at Boston University and at the NHL level over the past few seasons has proven effective.”

“I’m a competitive person, David is a competitive person and we will go out and try to win every game and see where we get. It’s a tough conference, and there are a lot of good teams out there. So we’re going to push and try to make the playoffs. If we didn’t, we’d know we were competitive. All season long. If we’re not there yet, we’re not there yet.”

Quinn was the 10th coach to be appointed since the end of the regular season to join Lyn Lambert (New York Islanders, May 16), Bruce Cassidy (Vegas Golden Knights, June 14), John Tortorella (Philadelphia Flyers, June 17), Peter Debor (Dallas Stars, June 14). , June 21), Paul Morris (Florida Panthers, June 22), Luke Richardson (Chicago Blackhawks, June 27), Derek Lalonde (Detroit Red Wings, June 30), Jim Montgomery (Boston Bruins, July 1) and Rick Bowness (Winnipeg). Jets, July 3).

“For me, the number one responsibility I have as a coach here is to manage our players,” Quinn said. “Put them in a position to be as successful as possible. Make them the best player they can be. Sometimes you have to be hard for them and sometimes you need to be on the court and I think you always try to find that balance as a coach.”

Chilena Goldman, freelance reporter for NHL.com contributed to this report

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