St Louis Blues

Pat (Paddy) Ginnell

(March 3, 1937 – November 17, 2003)

A native of Dauphin, Man., he turned to scouting after a lengthy junior coaching career…. Was in his 14th season with St. Louis Blues at the time of his death…. As a player, he won a Memorial Cup with 1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers….Went on to play nine seasons in the pro WHL and IHL before returning to Flin Flon as the head coach of the Bombers, winning the MJHL title in his first season (1966-67)…. Spent almost 20 seasons coaching in the major junior WHL with Flin Flon, Victoria Cougars, Lethbridge Broncos, Medicine Hat Tigers and New Westminster Bruins. Was four-time WHL coach of the year – no one has won more – and won two championships with Flin Flon (WCHL)…. Inducted into Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (builder) in 2009. Two of his sons, Dan and Erin, along with a grandson Derek (Dan’s son) are NHL scouts.