Shawn Burr

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Shawn Burr
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Born (1966-07-01)July 1, 1966
Sarnia, ON, CAN
Died August 5, 2013(2013-08-05) (aged 47)
St. Clair, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1984
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1985–2000

Shawn Christopher Burr (July 1, 1966 – August 5, 2013) was a professional ice hockey left winger. Burr played in the NHL for parts of 16 seasons from 1985 to 2000.

Playing career[edit]

Burr was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Burr played 878 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks, scoring 181 goals and 259 assists for 440 points. He also garnered 1,069 penalty minutes.

In 2007, Burr was elected president of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association and was active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit.[1]

Burr was the president of the Port Huron Icehawks IHL hockey organization.


Burr was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and lived there until his hockey career began.

On February 27, 2011, it was reported that Burr was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, which in some cases requires a bone marrow transplant.[2] He successfully completed chemotherapy and was reportedly cancer free. However, it returned the following year.[3]


Burr died on August 5, 2013 after a fall in his home caused massive brain trauma.[4]


  • 1983-84 OHL Rookie of the Year
  • 1985-86 OHL Second All-Star team


  1. ^ "Former Red Wings Player Shawn Burr Dies At Age 47". August 5, 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Mitch Albom [1], Detroit Free Press, February 27, 2011
  3. ^ Beard, Rob (August 5, 2013). "Former Red Wing Shawn Burr dies at age 47". The Detroit News. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Sipple, George; St. James, Helene (August 6, 2013). "Former NHL player Shawn Burr dies at 47". USA Today. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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Preceded by
Steve Yzerman
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Brent Fedyk