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from the CP at TSN,
The public outcry over the heartless theft of hockey treasures from NHL coach Pat Burns’ car after his funeral has produced results.
Montreal police say a citizen turned in two suitcases Thursday afternoon that were taken when thieves smashed into Burns’ car in an outdoor parking lot earlier this week.
Const. Yannick Paradis says the man found the luggage not far from the crime scene.
“Inside the two suitcases there were several items that belonged to Mr. Pat Burns,” Paradis said.
I’ve tagged him the Lightning’s “wild card” all season, even before the neck injury that cost him 18 games. After a pointless first six games in a Lightning uniform, it was hard to forecast what Simon Gagne might bring to Tampa Bay this season. After all, recent history tells us that productivity elsewhere may not instantly equate to success alongside Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa (see: Tanguay, Alex, both before and after his single season as a Bolt). Add in that lingering injury – the latest in a career full of them for Gagne – and there is still really no telling what the former Flyer might be capable of for the long haul.
But, for a night, the wait was well worth it for both player and team, as Gagne lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 overtime decision in Toronto with the decisive tally in the extra frame.
Lecavalier remains out for the immediate future, so whether these two end up meshing as intended is still very much up in the air. And, of course, sustained health for Gagne is always a question mark (though, really, isn’t it for all of us?) But if Gagne’s impact on the Bolts last night is any indication as to what he might bring to the table for Tampa Bay in the long run, as my ever-optimistic Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran, suggests ad nauseam, maybe there really is something special coming together for the Lightning this season.
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via the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
A heartbreaking crime was committed against Pat Burns’ family within hours of his funeral.
After the hockey world gathered yesterday to mourn the death of the old coach, someone smashed into his widow’s car.
Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to Line Burns and stole a number of her valuable possessions — including jewelry and 30 autographed hockey jerseys.
Police suspect the thieves actually knew the Burns family.
from the CP at the Toronto Star,
The hockey world is gathering for a solemn ceremony in Montreal today.
A number of current and former NHLers, along with the league’s commissioner, are attending the funeral for coach Pat Burns.
Among the dozens of prominent hockey figures present is the entire roster of the New Jersey Devils.
Others include Raymond Bourque, Patrick Roy, Tie Domi, Luc Robitaille, Toronto Maple Leafs executives Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
updated 3:56pm, from Andy Blatchford of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
It was a hockey funeral, right down to the flame near the altar that flickered above a miniature Stanley Cup.
Stars of the hockey world shared their memories of Pat Burns as a tough-but-affable old coach who always got the best out of his players.
As much as I’d enjoy watching the Leafs whoop the Habs by a score like 6-0, I really hope it’s a close game. Heck, I’d take a close game where the Habs win even than a blowout where the Leafs win.
I know there are Leafs fans out there who threw up in their mouth as I said that. I don’t care.
Because tonight is not about the Leafs. Nor is it about the Habs. It’s about Burnsie.
The world attempts the
task of putting Burnsie into words:
“Pat Burns may have saved my life. I came from a little town in Quebec called Ripon, with 400 people. If Pat hadn’t got me out of my village, I don’t know where I would have ended up.” — Former 50-goal scorer Stephane Richer.
“Burns always had that presence. In spades. But he also knew if the strut was all you had, you didn’t really have anything. Burns was a legitimately tough SOB.” — Bob McKenzie
“He was the best coach I ever had,” — Todd Gill
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.
The world is a little less bright today after the loss of Pat Burns. Not just a great hockey coach, but a wonderful and inspiring man who fought to the end.
I’d go on a rant about the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the shame they should feel, but I don’t feel it’s appropriate at this time.
We’ll miss ya, Pat.
Bob McKenzie confirms the death of Pat Burns in his own way…
Bob explains the Mansbreek reference in this story back in mid-September.
NEW YORK (November 19, 2010)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today issued the following statement on the passing of longtime NHL head coach Pat Burns:
“Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humor, his honesty, his humanity and his courage. As it mourns the loss of an outstanding contributor to the game, the National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family and friends.”
People cried and hugged in this Eastern Township Quebec town Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for an arena named after Pat Burns, which reunited the former NHL coach with friends and former players.
“To my husband, Pat, thank you for being a living proof of courage, determination and hope, and this on a day-to-day basis,” Line Burns told those assembled at the future site of the $8.5-million arena.
Burns, weakened by his current battle with cancer, didn’t address the crowd, but reportedly did manage to make light of media reports that pronounced his premature death last month.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Which, finally, brings me around to the point of this column.
It’s really about Joe Mansbreek, a 58-year-old friend of mine who, by all accounts, doesn’t have long to live.
Mansbreek was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005. He ultimately wound up with lung cancer, which seems to be the one that will finish him off, although with that many cancers ravaging the body, it’s hard to say. Through the treatments and chemotherapy, there came a point where Mansbreek realized the writing was on the wall and he started to focus more on enjoying what was left of his life as opposed to chasing every life-sapping treatment that was available to him. And he did exactly that, living his life to the fullest and staring down the enemy with courage and conviction that I’m sure most people would have a tough time mustering.
If Mansbreek’s story sounds familiar, it should, because Joe Mansbreek is actually Pat Burns.
Numerous reports state Pat Burns has passed away.
added 12:01pm, Fan590 says the son of Pat Burns has told a few media outlets within the last half hour that Pat Burns had not yet passed. I will update again when something official comes about.
added 11:51am, Note, TSN has removed the link. There are conflicting reports now, hopefully everyone will be on the same page.
added 11:40am, from TSN,
Former NHL head coach Pat Burns passed away early Friday morning after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 58 years old.
Burns, who was a special assignment coach and scout with the New Jersey Devils, had been fighting the disease for over two years. It was his third battle with cancer, after first being diagnosed with colon cancer back in the 2003-04 NHL season, followed by liver cancer in 2005.
Burns elected to undergo chemotherapy in his first two bouts with the disease but chose not to do so for the lung cancer. In January of 2009, he told La Presse newspaper that he was going to try other methods to battle the disease.
Watch a video below as Pat Burns talked about a local rink being named for him.
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse, according to news reports.
The 58-year-old Montreal native has been fighting a battle with terminal lung cancer for a number of years. That battle, it appears, could end in the next few days.
Burns, who spends most of his time in Florida, has apparently returned to his home in the Quebec town of Magog and is surrounded by family.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
LOS ANGELES—The home of Angels, where Pat Burns would and will always have a place and where every single member of the 18-man Hall of Fame selection committee should have been ashamed to show his face this weekend.
That’s right, every single one of them, including good men such as John Davidson and Bill Torrey, who did not resign in protest after the committee denied the beloved coach entrance to the Hall last week with a vote that shall live in hockey infamy.
They operate behind closed doors, in secret, and without transparency. Except there is transparency here.
This much is obvious. The selection process is tainted by personal agendas and long-standing grudges.
The Hall of Fame committee: no accountability, no credibility, no heart.
Former NHL coach Pat Burns, stricken with terminal lung cancer, has been admitted to hospital in Florida, according to reports.
Burns was hospitalized outside Tampa, Fla., on Sunday — his 58th birthday — according to Montreal sports radio station CKAC.
The former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs coach is a daily commentator on the station’s morning sports show.
Officials at the station said Burns is now on leave from the program and is in hospital.
He is reportedly suffering from pneumonia.
update 3:20pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Pat Burns is home from hospital and taking antibiotics for pneumonia. His cousin Robin wants people to know Pat’s departure is not imminent.
“I know my life is nearing the end and I accept that. I probably won’t be here when (the arena) is finished, but I’ll be looking down on it.”
-Pat Burns who attended the announcement of a rink being built with his namee attached to it. More from the CP at TSN.
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Tiger Woods’ disappearing act since he crashed his SUV outside his Florida home in November might be partly due to a pair of missing teeth, compliments of a nine-iron to the face by an angry wife, according to former NHL coach Pat Burns.
Burns offered some details of the now-infamous night to a Montreal radio station Tuesday morning, based on what he’s heard from his Florida police friends.
Burns, who has mostly retired from hockey and now lives in Florida, has contacts with the police sector, where he worked before coaching hockey.
In a conversation with CKAC Sports in Montreal on Tuesday morning, Burns said an old friend in the highway patrol was among those who went to Woods’ home on the night of the crash, on Nov. 27.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
This time it is incurable lung cancer, which has taken a noticeable toll on the once-robust former cop. Burns has lost 57 pounds, and now weighs 184, his voice is very weak and he has decided to forego any further treatment.
“That’s all done. It wouldn’t do much. It’s not going to help. It’s a question of time, really,” Burns told me from his home in New Hampshire.
“I feel so-so. It’s a struggle. But we knew that. It’s not getting any better. It’s progressing.”
Usually, Burns soon would be heading to his other home in Florida. He remains a Devils special assignment coach and scout, doing most of his work watching games in Tampa and Sunrise, Fla.
But that is in jeopardy because the risk of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus makes it dangerous for Burns to be around crowds.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced new voting procedures beginning with 2010 that will allow the process to be less restrictive and more inclusive, specifically as it relates to female candidates. It’s a welcome change.
But this is the year for the 18-member panel of voters to remedy what in my mind its most glaring omission to date and one that cannot be defended.
This is the year for the committee to elect Fred Shero, the coach who only helped revolutionize the game during the ‘70s on Broad Street, to the Hall of Fame.
This is also the year for the committee to honor the great Pat Burns with election and induction in November so he can receive his plaque and enjoy the tribute he so richly and unambiguously deserves.
Scott Morrison did a great interview with Pat Burns that aired last night in the ‘Inside Hockey’ portion of HNIC.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
In 1986, Hitchcock and Burns met in the most intense of environments, the Memorial Cup, junior hockey’s version of the Final Four.
Hitchcock, who coached the Kamloops Blazers, was a former sporting goods salesman from Edmonton, Alberta. Burns, who ran the Hull Olympiques, was the police officer still walking the beat in Gatineau, Quebec.
Neither had played professionally. Both had belonged to a workforce bereft of pampering and privilege. The detail-oriented, demanding coaches formed an immediate bond.
“Coaching for a living was a goal; wherever it went, it went,” Hitchcock said. “We both could have stopped at junior and been happy.”
According to La Presse, former NHL head coach Pat Burns has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.
The report indicates Burns was told of the news earlier this month when he returned from the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa.
from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Sun,
With Burns rumoured to be among the candidates for the vacant coaching position in Ottawa, could the world championships have been the start of a great relationship?
The thought had crossed the mind of Heatley and Senators centre Jason Spezza during the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday in Quebec City, with Canada earning a silver medal.
“We were bugging him a little bit about that. He’s a great guy and we’ll see what happens,” Heatley said Monday after returning to Ottawa, where he asked reporters if they had any scoops on who Senators general manager Bryan Murray may choose as his successor behind the bench.
from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,
The Sharks’ first phone call, which I’m assuming took place earlier this week, had to go to Pat Burns. Just had to.
It makes so much hockey sense. It helps explain how General Manager Doug Wilson persuaded himself to fire Ron Wilson, a coach he defended and kept through previous tense times.
Everything about the early stages of the Sharks’ search points to Burns - if he’s interested in moving to the West Coast and he’s healthy after two recent bouts with cancer (it sounds as if Burns is doing fine).
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It was the second practice for Team Canada when Pat Burns was out on the ice barking at the players.
Barking. Like only Pat Burns can bark.
If you weren’t sure what it was going to be like with the survivor of four years of cancer treatment joining Ken Hitchcock’s team as an associate coach, the answer was pretty much obvious right then and there.
“At the first practice he was barking at us,” laughed Hitchock of Burns shouting at himself and his other two coaches, Craig MacTavish and Mike Johnston.
“When a guy has been out of the game for four years, you think you’ll sort of ease him in. That lasted one day.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Pat Burns is returning to the bench.
The former NHL head coach will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at next month’s world hockey championship in Halifax and Quebec City.