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Patrick Burns (born April 4, 1952 in Montrealmarker, Quebecmarker, Canadamarker) is a former National Hockey League head coach. Over fourteen seasons between 1988 and 2004, he achieved a record of 501-350-161-14 in 1019 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. Burns retired in 2005 after recurring battles with cancer.

Career

As a player, Burns played just three games with the London Knights of the junior Ontario Hockey League, scoring one point.

Burns was head coach of the QMJHL Hull Olympiques from 1984 to 1987, and of the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League for the 1987–1988 season.

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) - being the only three-time winner and winning in his first year as coach. Burns won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003. He is currently a special assignment coach for the Devils.

Personal life

Before his career in hockey, he was a police officer in Hull, Quebec.

Burns survived colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005, retiring from coaching after the second diagnosis. In 2009, Burns acknowledged had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time; this time lung cancer. He has said that the prognosis is not good and that his focus is on enjoying the time that he has left.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
MTL 1988–89 80 53 18 9 - 115 1st in Adams Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1989–90 80 41 28 11 - 93 3rd in Adams Lost in Second Round
MTL 1990–91 80 39 30 11 - 89 2nd in Adams Lost in Second Round
MTL 1991–92 80 41 28 11 - 93 1st in Adams Lost in Second Round
TOR 1992–93 84 44 29 11 - 99 3rd in Norris Lost in Third Round
TOR 1993–94 84 43 29 12 - 98 2nd in Central Lost in Third Round
TOR 1994–95 48 21 19 8 - 50 4th in Central Lost in First Round
TOR 1995–96 65 25 30 10 - (80) 3rd in Central (fired)
BOS 1997–98 82 39 30 13 - 91 2nd in Northeast Lost in First Round
BOS 1998–99 82 39 30 13 - 91 3rd in Northeast Lost in Second Round
BOS 1999–00 82 24 33 19 6 73 5th in Northeast Did Not Qualify
BOS 2000–01 8 3 4 1 0 (88) 4th in Northeast (fired)
NJD 2002–03 82 46 20 10 6 108 1st in Atlantic Won Stanley Cup
NJD 2003–04 82 43 25 12 2 100 2nd in Atlantic Lost in First Round
Total 1019 501 353 151 14 - - One Stanley Cup


See also



Sources

  1. Former NHL Coach Pat Burns Has Lung Cancer SI.com, January 23, 2009
  2. Prognosis Not Good for Pat Burns SI.com, January 27, 2009


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