Pat Burns, Dead at 58

In MemoriumPat Burns was 58. He is the only Maple Leafs coach to win the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year by leading the club to a 44-29-11 record in 1992-93 in his first season behind the Toronto bench. He remains the only NHL bench boss in history to earn the award three times, winning it with Montreal in 1989 and with Boston in 1998. The Leafs’ resurgence in 1992-93, with Burns at the helm, marked the first time that the Original Six franchise advanced to the Conference Final since the 1977-78 campaign. The team would repeat their playoff success the following season in 1994 under his leadership.

With the Leafs, Burns posted a coaching record of 133-107-41 (.546%) in 281 games behind the bench. On the Leafs’ All-Time Coaching List, Burns is tied with Red Kelly for fifth place in victories.

Overall, he coached in 1,019 NHL games in 15 seasons from 1988 to 2005 and compiled a record of 501-353-165. He coached the Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2003.

I'll never forget Pat Burns and his Leafs teams of the early 90s. They truly were the best.

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Looking at the G&M website right now: almost* no Pat Burns news item despite his two, big city & of different provinces, former Canadian teams playing later this evening so soon after yesterday's passing.
Near the top is a selected Sports item including Brian Burke's photo, about his daughter responding to their newspaper. At the bottom, the Sports column items begin with a UK soccer match result and a Russian figure skating silver for Chan.

*The single line is "A cop and a coach, that's all Pat Burns was". Stay classy, Bellglobemedia!

November 20, 2010 @ 11:09 AM


rip, pat

a true warrior

November 20, 2010 @ 12:54 PM


A sad day for the Barilkosphere indeed. For most of us, it was the first time in our lives when our boys were actually winning.

RIP, Pat. Thanks for the memories.

November 20, 2010 @ 6:43 PM


It is really to bad Pat Burns died at such a young age. He is a legend to the game of hockey.

November 22, 2010 @ 11:26 PM

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