Pat Burns Passes Away

Former NHL coach Pat Burns, who led the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 58.

Burns battled cancer of the colon and the liver in 2004 and 2005 and hoped he had beaten the disease, but in January 2009 doctors found it had spread to his lungs. Burns, the first three-time winner of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach, had a career mark of 501-353-165 (.573) in 1,019 NHL games.

In honor of the coaching legend, here again is Matthew DiBiase’s “Profiles in Excellence: Pat Burns”


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