Yesterday, Vancouver Canucks president Quinn announced the selection of his new head coach replacing Tom Watt: Bob McCammon.
McCammon, who signed a long-term contract, became available to the Canucks when his contract with the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers expired this month. He spent two years in the Edmonton organization, the first as an assistant coach and the second as director of player development.
McCammon had a coaching record of 119-68-31 with the Flyers, and in his second term also was the team's general manager. By mutual consent, he left the organization after the 1983-84 season.
"This is a good hockey town that just needs a product that plays better," McCammon said. "Our first priority is to be entertaining and to move up quickly in the standings.
''I have a deep respect for Pat Quinn because he was the coach of the Philadelphia team (1979-80) that went a record 35 games without a defeat. Pat didn't have the best talent in the league, but he had the best team."
Quinn said the Canucks, who finished last in the Smythe Division last season and missed the playoffs with a 29-43-8 record, needed a coaching change. He has offered Watt a position as assistant general manager.
"Bob McCammon brings the Canucks some outstanding qualities," Quinn said. ''He's dedicated to his players, he provides leadership, he has a winning attitude and he has always produced results.
"The decision to replace Tom Watt was made in the best interest of all of us. I hold him in high enough regard to offer him a position in the organizaton, and I hope he takes it."
McCammon and Quinn are not the only members of Vancouver's Philadelphia Connection. The Canucks' vice president McCammon joins a Philadelphia connection that also includes vice president Brian Burke, who played for McCammon at Maine, and assistant coach Jack McIlhargey, a former Flyers defenseman.