Pat Burns a Class Act and Legend Who Will Never be Forgotten

November 20th, 2010 by joe gillen Leave a reply »
This is a sad day in the hockey world.  

Pat Burns, the former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto maple Leafs coach, has passed away.

Pat Burns died Friday afternoon after a lengthy battle with cancer. At 58, he died while surrounded by his family at La Maison Aube-Lumière in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Pat Burns was one of the most successful NHL coaches over the past 20 years.

During his 14-year NHL coaching career, Burns posted a 501-353-151-14 record in 1,019 games behind the bench of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2003.

Pat Burns is the only person in league history to win three Jack Adams Trophies, awarded to the NHL's coach of the year.

He will always be remembered for success as a bench boss, for his humour, his humanity and a passion for the game.

A former Police officer from Gatineau, Quebec, he took over the Montreal Canadiens coaching job in 1988.

Burns previously coached the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Hull Olympiques and the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the Ame ...

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