Cobden, Ontario’s Jack Quinn Makes NHL Debut

COBDEN, ONT. — Cobden, Ontario pride Jack Quinn will make his NHL debut Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old was drafted 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabers in the 2020 NHL drawing and will face the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in Buffalo on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for us, an opportunity we have to put him in the lineup on the line of Dylan Cozens,” said Sabers head coach Don Granato, ahead of the matchup via Buffalo Sabers’ Twitter page.

“It’s promising,” Quinn said. “I think it’s exciting and fits with the culture that we have in Rochester and how many guys are improving.”

For Quinn, it’s a dream come true. The Ottawa Valley native began his journey at St. Joseph’s High School in Renfrew, Ontario, where former principal Brennan Trainor saw Quinn arrive in grade 9, and walk across the stage upon graduation in grade 12.

“I texted Jack yesterday,” Trainor tells CTV News Ottawa, “and I told him that many of us were after him, and this is his day. This is Jack’s time to make it real.” to celebrate.”

Whether at Trainor’s home in Douglas, at the homes of his former classmates in Renfrew, or in Quinn’s hometown of Cobden, the Ottawa Valley will be the NHL rookie’s loudest cheers this evening, rather than the stands in buffalo.

“It’s just really special to be a part of this community and go everywhere and know that everyone knows Jack is going to play tonight. Everyone knows he worked hard for this achievement.”

That’s a sentiment Quinn’s AHL coach with the Rochester Americans, Seth Appert, agrees with.

“Because it’s deserved, that’s why I know he’s going to grab it,” Appert said via Twitter of the Sabers. “That doesn’t mean he’s going to have a hat-trick or all that other stuff. But if he had played last year, it wouldn’t have been deserved.”

“(I’m) improving my strengths too,” Quinn said of the growth of his game to take him to his debut. “Offensively, because I could play with guys on my back, I think I was already good at it, but I just keep getting better.”

There are no guarantees at this level, but many from Ottawa and the Valley hope they can call Quinn a superstar from their own backyard soon.

“I think there’s a very good chance of that,” said Kenny Walls of TSN 1200, and the Ottawa 67’s play-by-play commentator. “This is an extremely capable boy and he has been going back to his little hockey days in the valley ever since.”

Walls called Quinn’s games two and a half years with the OHL franchise, saying that while the 20-year-old may have something to learn at the highest level, those around him should be proud.

“It’s huge to have him out of the Ottawa area as one of us,” Walls says. “And to top it all off; minor hockey to the OHL is fantastic, and hopefully he will reach his potential with the Sabers.

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