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Remembering Pat Burns on HNIC Tonight

Ron MacLean with some Pat Burns stories,

The loss of Pat Burns will be foremost in our hearts and minds tonight. As I’ve told a few friends in the press, Pat conjures three key memories for me.

The first is from 2003 in Anaheim, Calif. I was up early to catch a flight back to New Jersey for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. The Ducks had beaten the Devils hours earlier to force the deciding game. Pat, the Devils’ head coach at the time, was already up and pacing around on the lawn in front of the hotel, talking on a cell phone. At 5:30 a.m.!

I thought, poor man. Pat already had a history of tough experiences: the 1987 world junior brawl in the Czech Republic; the 1989 Stanley Cup final series that his Canadiens lost to Calgary; Game 7 of a 1993 conference final, which his Maple Leafs lost to L.A., and here we go again. But Pat elected to dress an old warhorse, Ken Daneyko, and the Devils won the Cup.

Read more from Ron at CBC.

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