Saturday, September 1, 2001
By MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun
A ceasefire has been called in the ugly feud between Maple Leafs
general manager/coach Pat Quinn and New Jersey Devils captain Scott
Whether the truce is merely temporary remains to be seen.
When the Canadian Olympic Team opens a four-day orientation camp
Tuesday in Calgary, Stevens will be there, listening intently to
Quinn, Team Canada's head coach.
Yes, that is the same Pat Quinn whom Stevens called "a liar" during
the Stanley Cup playoffs four months ago.
Stevens, enraged at Quinn's accusations that the veteran defenceman
used dirty tactics during the past two post-season series between the
Leafs and Devils, actually considered rejecting any potential
invitation to the Olympic team.
How could he play for someone who continually slagged him in the
press, Stevens wondered?
But by the time Quinn personally extended the Olympic offer to
Stevens this summer, cooler heads had prevailed.
"He called me and we had a brief talk," Stevens said yesterday. "The
bottom line is, everyone wants to win. I'm not going to let that
other stuff be a factor.
"I don't forget what happened and maybe, back (in the playoffs), I
thought about (not playing for Quinn). But this is bigger than us.
This is for the country.
"I was riled up at some of the things he said, sure. But sometimes
it's better to take a step back and re-evaluate things. That's old
Stevens blew up at Quinn during the 2001 Eastern Conference semi-
final when the Leafs coach said an alleged butt-end to the mouth of
Toronto forward Darcy Tucker from Stevens was "far dirtier" than Tie
Domi's highly publicized elbow to the face of Devils defenceman Scott
NOT ON TAPE
League officials reviewed game tapes and could not find any such
incident involving Stevens and Tucker.
"Nothing surprises me with this man anymore," a livid Stevens said
of Quinn at the time.
"He tells lies about me any time something happens, almost as if it
is a smokescreen to what really happens."