More than 35 years after turning to ex-college coach Herb Brooks to run their bench, the New York Rangers hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday.
Quinn, 51, joins the Original Six franchise just months after general manager Jeff Gorton took the bold step to engineer a roster reboot, jettisoning some core talent, including Rick Nash, who he felt did not fit his long-term vision of a fast, aggressive team. Gorton dismissed his coaching staff, headed by Alain Vigneault, in April, hours after the Rangers completed the season with a 34-39-9 record and without a playoff berth.
“I’m incredibly excited for this new challenge, but leaving a job like this is very hard to do,’’ said Quinn in a statement released by 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.