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Follow-Up to Post on Pat Burns and the Hockey Hall of Fame

Following up on my KK Members Blog of November 20 on Coach Burns passing and the shameful actions of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

To the eighteen voting members of the HHOF, please ignore your tendency to now postpone Pat Burns being voted in the Hall for a few years for his accomplishments.  After being called out by virtually the entire hockey world, I know that some of the people who vote for the the Hall inclusion are probably now thinking that we can’t possibly put Pat Burns in the Hall of Fame for the next two years, because if we do that, it will admit we made a mistake.

My advice to the HHOF and special call out to Scotty Bowman who sits on the committee is:  man up, admit you made a mistake and correct it with the next vote.  Better yet, organize a teleconference, take a special vote and announce his election to the Hall of Fame before next Monday when he is laid to rest.  And while you are at it, vote Fred Shero in at the same time.

People will have more respect for the Hall if you correct your mistake.

You have a second chance to get it right.  Don’t blow it again.

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The Passing of Pat Burns and the Shame of the HHOF

Everyone in the hockey world was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Burns.  Pat was known for being a policeman in Gatinuea, Quebec.  He was a fair, but touch coach that held his players accountable.

Coach Burns record in the NHL speaks for itself.  A head coach in the NHL for 14 years with the Canadians, Maple Leafs, Bruins, and Devils.  Pat coached over 1000 games and won more than 500 of them between 1988 - 2004.  He won the Jack Adams award with three different teams, and was Coach of the Stanley Cups champions with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.  He retired in 2006 and courageously fought three different types of cancer (colon, liver and lung) before finally succombing to the disagree at age 58 on Friday.  

As you look at Coach Burns record, it obvious that he is a Hockey Hall of Famer, right?  Well, obvious to everyone except the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Coach Burns deserves to be in the Hall based on his credentials by itself. Yet, knowing that his cancer was in final stages, the HHOF failed to vote him in this year, in the same year that Dino and two females greats were inducted.

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