Pat Quinn was 71. He coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks in 1994.
Under Quinn, the Maple Leafs had consistently been contenders, recording three 100-point seasons and making the playoffs every season until his last, reaching two conference finals.
If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL
Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.
2. Gord Downie - 92/100
The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.
Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.
4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100
Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.
5. Gord Martineau - 76/100
It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.
The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.
7. Gord Miller - 72/100
You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.
Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.
11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100
This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.
The last couple of nights I've been thoroughly entertained by my Raptors. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon, let me tell you I've been watching since Alvin Robertson dropped 30 on the Nets.
On Friday night, the Raptors actually led the Bucks by 50 in the fourth quarter. We've never led a game by 50, ever. The Brazilian rookies even got their first career NBA points. It was surreal.
Then last night, with one eye on the Leafs game, we battled back from an 18-point deficit on the road against LeBron and ended up dominating the Cavs. We're 11-2 and leading the Eastern Conference.
All of this is to say there's plenty of room on the Raptors bandwagon if you want to join us. Get in now, though... because it's going to be a fun season. Our starters are the same as last season, but the bench is deep and effective. Sweet Lou Williams is such an upgrade over John Salmons, words don't do it justice.
Of the big three, this is the best Toronto pro-sports team since the '93 Blue Jays. Enjoy, Toronto. It's been a long time coming.