Takin’ a T/O with BT: Why Pat Burns is the Strongest Man I Know

March 26th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
By nature, media people and scouts can be pretty loud. Whether it's gabbing about the latest game, going over prospect lists, or just telling jokes and sharing a laugh about draft-day hi-jinx, it can get pretty noisy in a room full of them.

But Pat Burns shut them up.

Pat Burns can shut them up without even being there.

He didn't grab their attention by blowing a whistle, banging a stick on the ice, or yelling at guys to "hustle" or "shut it". Burns doesn't do that anymore. The instances where he can summon the booming tones that shook the foundations of Montreal, Boston, Toronto, and New Jersey are few and far between...if they occur at all.

No. Pat Burns did it by being himself. By being light-hearted, casual, sometimes comical...and brave.

Today he showed a face that's been hollowed, a voice that's been pinched, and hair that's been thinned thanks to a battle with cancer he's chosen not to fight.

Can you blame him though? Burns has fought the disease twice already and won, but like Brett Favre, it just keeps coming back, and like Lance Armstrong, it refuses to accept defeat.

He beat colon cance ...

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