NHL: Pat Burns Loses Long Battle with Cancer and Will Be Missed

November 19th, 2010 by Dave Haine Leave a reply »
After a long battle with cancer, the future Hall of Famer passed away today. Pat had survived colon and liver cancer; however, lung cancer finally took Pat from us all. 

Sixty-two days ago there were many reports of Pat's death, which were false.  Pat himself called TSN's Bob Mackenzie to let the world know it wasn't his time just yet.  Sadly, today the world is without one of it's greatest men.

The NHL missed a great opportunity when they didn't elect Pat into the Hall of Fame this year. 

Pat's NHL stats are extremely impressive.  Over 14 seasons, Pat collected 501 wins while coaching the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. 

Before coaching in the NHL, Pat was a Police Officer in Gattineau, Quebec.

Pat's coaching career did include the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League.

Pat won the NHL's coach of the year award three times during his career.  Once with Montreal (1989), Toronto (1993) and Boston (1998).  

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