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Shanahan hires Quintal as Player Safety Manager

Nov 17, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

Stephane Quintal

The NHL has announced that former player Stephane Quintal will join the player safety department in a managerial role. Quintal, 43, will join the group that is currently under the guidance of Senior VP of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan.

“I am delighted that Stephane will be joining the Department of Player Safety,” Shanahan said. “Stephane was a physical defenseman who played the game with great passion and intensity. His insight and his ability to articulate our views will be a great asset to our department.”

Shanahan then handed Quintal an employee handbook and told him to go see Linda in HR.

Quintal will join Rob Blake (who made his video debut in October with the Dan Carcillo suspension) on the player safety team. He’s the second defenseman acquired by Shanahan, who now needs a goalie, center and checking winger to ice a competitive six-man unit.

During his career, Quintal recorded 243 points (63 goals, 180 assists) and 1,320 penalty minutes in 1,037 regular-season games with Boston, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Montreal, New York Rangers and Chicago from 1988-89 through 2003-04. Of course, he’s probably best known as the last Montreal Canadien to wear No. 5 before the club retired it in honor of Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion.

Other things: Quintal once fought Eric Lindros and his big superstition was to not talk to anyone after 1:30 p.m. on gameday. Seriously. Look it up.

  1. bcjim - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    So he hired a superstitious pugilist to assist him (he of 200 pim seasons) in player discipline (excuse me, safety…)

    I guess when the NFL hires Hines Ward as disciplinarian, he can bring Ndomakong Suh on board to assist.

    • hystoracle - Nov 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      At least, Matt Cooke knows there is a job waiting for him when he’s done.

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