|Hockey Hall of Fame, 2014|
April 4, 1952|
|Died||November 19, 2010
Patrick John Joseph Burns (April 4, 1952 – November 19, 2010) was a National Hockey League head coach. Over 14 seasons between 1988 and 2004, he coached in 1,019 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils. Burns retired in 2005 after being diagnosed with recurring cancer, which eventually claimed his life five years later.
Burns began his NHL coaching career in 1988 with the Montreal Canadiens. Throughout his career, he won three Jack Adams Awards with three different teams – Montreal (1989), Toronto (1993) and Boston (1998). He is the only three-time winner to win in his first year as coach. Burns won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003. After stepping down from coaching the Devils in 2005, Burns became a special assignment coach for the Devils.
Burns was born in Montreal to Geralda "Louise" Girardeau and Alfred Burns. Pat was the youngest of 6 children, he has 4 older sisters and 1 older brother (Violet, Alfred "Sonny", Lillian, Phyllis and Diane). Although both his parents were English Eastern Townshippers originally from the hometown of Stanstead, who came to live in Montreal. Pat's brother Alfred "Sonny" Burns still resides in Stanstead.
Burns survived colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005, retiring from coaching after the second diagnosis. In 2009 Burns announced that his colon cancer had returned and metastasized to his lungs, was thus inoperable, and therefore he decided to forgo further treatment. During an April 2010 interview Burns stated "I know my life is nearing its end and I accept that." Gesturing to a group of local minor hockey players, he said: "A young player could come from Stanstead who plays in an arena named after me. I probably won't see the project to the end, but let's hope I'm looking down on it and see a young Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux."
He was married to Line Burns. He had two children, a son from a long-term relationship and a daughter from a previous marriage.
It was reported on September 16, 2010, that Burns' health had suddenly deteriorated and that he had returned to his home in Magog, Quebec, to be with his family. Reports surfaced the following day that Burns had died that morning, but Burns' son denied news reports that his father had died. That same day, an online report by the Toronto Sun also incorrectly reported Burns' death, but was quickly revealed to be erroneous. Burns himself talked to both English and French media about the incident, denying that he had died and asked that his status be clarified immediately.
Shortly after his funeral, thieves broke into Burns' widow's car, stealing personal belongings, credit cards and numerous pieces of hockey memorabilia, including 30 autographed NHL jerseys that were to be auctioned for charity. Some of the items were later recovered.
On March 26, 2010, a fan-based Facebook campaign was launched to get Burns inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on the merits of his coaching record, but before he succumbed to cancer. The Let's Get Pat Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame – NOW! Facebook group attracted over 39,000 members in its first week and received across Canada and the United States. In its second week the number of hockey fans calling for Burns' induction grew to over 54,000. As of October 22, 2010, that number was at 71,307. Nevertheless, the attempts to get Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame did not succeed as he was not selected for the 2010 class of inductees. On June 23, 2014, Burns was announced as one of the inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Montreal Canadiens||1988–89||80||53||18||9||-||115||1st in Adams||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|Montreal Canadiens||1989–90||80||41||28||11||-||93||3rd in Adams||Lost in Second round|
|Montreal Canadiens||1990–91||80||39||30||11||-||89||2nd in Adams||Lost in Second round|
|Montreal Canadiens||1991–92||80||41||28||11||-||93||1st in Adams||Lost in Second round|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1992–93||84||44||29||11||-||99||3rd in Norris||Lost in Third round|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1993–94||84||43||29||12||-||98||2nd in Central||Lost in Third round|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1994–95||48||21||19||8||-||50||4th in Central||Lost in First round|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1995–96||65||25||30||10||-||(80)||3rd in Central||(fired)|
|Boston Bruins||1997–98||82||39||30||13||-||91||2nd in Northeast||Lost in First round|
|Boston Bruins||1998–99||82||39||30||13||-||91||3rd in Northeast||Lost in Second round|
|Boston Bruins||1999–2000||82||24||33||19||6||73||5th in Northeast||Did Not Qualify|
|Boston Bruins||2000–01||8||3||4||1||0||(88)||4th in Northeast||(fired)|
|New Jersey Devils||2002–03||82||46||20||10||6||108||1st in Atlantic||Won Stanley Cup|
|New Jersey Devils||2003–04||82||43||25||12||2||100||2nd in Atlantic||Lost in First round|
|Total||1019||501||353||151||14||-||-||2003 Stanley Cup|
- New Jersey Devils: Coaching Staff (Pat Burns, Special Assignment Coach)
- Former NHL Coach Pat Burns Has Lung Cancer SI.com, January 23, 2009
- Chere, Rich (September 23, 2009). "Burns keeps on fighting". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- DiManno, Rosie (April 9, 2010). "DiManno: Former Leafs coach Pat Burns admits end is near". The Star (Toronto).
- QMI Agency (September 16, 2010). "Pat Burns' health worsens: reports". Toronto Sun.
- Canadian Press (September 17, 2010), "Pat Burns: "Ils tentent de m'achever avant mon décès"", Cyberpresse (in French), retrieved September 17, 2010
- "Pat Burns s'éteint à l'âge de 58 ans" (in French). RDS. November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
- The Spec (November 30, 2010), Pat Burns' car looted after funeral
- "Stolen jerseys returned to Burns family". Toronto Sun. December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "Pat Burns honoured with Quebec hockey arena". Canada: CBC. March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
- media coverage
- "LATE COACH BURNS HEADLINES HOCKEY HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014". Canada: TSN. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014.