Skip to main content

J. F. Quintin

Jean Francois Quintin became one of the original Sharks when San Jose acquired Quintin from Minnesota in the dispersal draft on May 30, 1991. The dispersal draft was a special method the league used to stock the Sharks roster with players from Minnesota's reserve list as the Sharks owners previously owned the North Stars.

A prolific scorer in junior hockey with the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes, Quintin was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1989 (fourth round, 75th overall). J.F. played a total of 182 games and recorded 260 total points (81 goals, 179 assists) from 1986-89.

J.F. was immediately placed with the Stars farm team in Kalamazoo when he turned pro. It certainly wasn't easy for the St. Jean Quebec native as he didn't know how to speak a word of English at the time. As he became more comfortable with his English and life away from Quebec, his hockey improved. His first year he scored 20 goals and 38 points. But by year 2 he scored 31 goals and 74 points.

In the summer of 1991 Quintin's rights transferred to the expansion San Jose Sharks. J.F.'s career looked promising at the time. He had played really well in the minors and had a strong training camp with the Sharks, leading the team in scoring. It looked like Quintin had earned himself a left wing spot with the Sharks until he seriously hurt his knee in a preseason game. He would miss the first 3/4s of the season and never really recovered from the injury. He was quoted as saying "The knee injury, it took away a step."

Quintin finished the year by playing for the Sharks farm team in Kansas City to rehabilitate the knee. He did receive a 8 game call up in which J.F. fared very well. He scored three goals, including two in his home province of Quebec. He scored his first NHL goal during San Jose's inaugural season, in a 7-4 win over the Quebec Nordiques on Feb. 26, 1992. Two days later, he scored against the Montreal Canadiens, setting the stage for a 3-3 tie. J.F.'s two goals against the teams that he grew up idolizing were a huge hilite for him.

Quintin however still struggled to make the NHL lineup with his bad knee. He played in 14 games in 1992-93 (2 goals, 5 assists) but was released by the Sharks at the end of the year. No NHL team gave him a contract offer.

Quintin continued to play pro hockey by remaining with the Kansas City Blades for several minor league seasons. He is one of the most accomplished players in Blades history with his name peppered all over the team record book.

Quintin later played five seasons in Europe, too.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Teammate of this star, in Midget AAA in Sorel, I played on is line for a while... very good player, always fun to play with a talent like him... Carl Lemieux

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M