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by George Malik on 08/05/13 at 08:18 PM ET
Updated 5x at 10:33 PM: On my goodness, this is awful. MLive's Brendan Savage says that former Red Wing and former Red Wings Alumni Association president Shawn Burr has passed away:
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Shawn Burr has died after suffering a fall at his home, television station WDIV is reporting.
Burr had been battling cancer for three years. He was 47.
The Red Wings' first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 1984 NHL entry draft, Burr spent all of parts of 11 seasons with Detroit while also playing for Tampa Bay and San Jose during his 16-year NHL career.
In 2010, he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and was in remission for several months after undergoing chemotherapy.
But the disease returned and last year he teamed with the Michigan Dental Society and Leukemia and the Lymphoma Society to try and help build up the state's bone marrow registry.
Here's WDIV's Dave Bartowiak's report:
ormer Detroit Red Wings winger Shawn Burr has died. He was 47.
Burr died Monday evening at a Detroit-area hospital after falling at his home this weekend.
The former professional hockey player had been battling cancer. Local 4 has learned Burr hit his head when he fell this weekend, but the exact cause of death is not known.
Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Red Wings in 1984. He played 878 games with Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.
During the course of his career he scored 181 goals and tallied 259 assists. His most notable season with the Red Wings was 1989-90 when he scored 56 points in 76 games.
Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose is confirming...
As is Burr's former teammate, Aaron Ward (via RedWingsFeed):
Shawn Burr died Monday evening from head trauma.
According to a source, Burr fell down a flight of stairs at his home and suffered massive trauma to his brain and was placed on life support.
Update #3: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms:
Shawn Burr, whose upbeat personality made him a fan favorite during his time with the Red Wings, has passed away.
Burr was 47. He had battled cancer in recent years, but died Monday evening after an accident over the weekend.
Burr was drafted by the Wings seventh overall in 1984, debuting with them the following season. He would go on to play 16 years in the NHL, completing his career with the Tampa Bay Lighting and San Jose Sharks. He produced 181 goals and 259 assists for 440 points in 878 games.
His larger than life personality shone through in interviews and on the ice. After departing the Wings after the 1994-95 season - which saw the Wings go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals - Burr went from Tampa Bay to San Jose and back to the Lightning for one last go-around, in 1999-2000.
Update #4: Jimmy Devellano spoke with the Macomb Daily's Pleiness about Burr:
“On behalf of the Detroit Red Wings we’re very saddened by the news,” Red Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano said in a phone interview. “He was a good human being. He was too young.”
Burr was 47.
“It’s very, very sad,” said Devellano, who was the Wings’ general manager when they drafted Burr. “Shawn was a friend of mine. I liked him very much, drafted him in the first round in ‘84. He played a long time for us. I remember the overtime goal he scored for us against Chicago in the playoffs (that clinched the four-game sweep in the first round in 1987).
“He was our first pick in my second draft, when we were trying to get to the Detroit Red Wings from the Dead Wings,” Devellano continued. “He was a good guy, a pretty good player for us. He was always an upbeat kid with a good sense of humor.”
In 2011, Burr was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, which required a bone marrow transplant. He had successfully completed chemo therapy and was declared cancer free.
“When he was fighting cancer I would call once in a while to encourage him and chat,” Devellano recalled. “He had a very good attitude.”
Burr, a resident of St. Clair County, founded the Shawn Burr Foundation which served charities in St. Clair County. It most recently was supporting blood cancer research.
“He had the ability to score and was a pain to play against,” Devellano said. “He played hard. He was a good, motivated and fun-loving kid. He turned out to be a pretty good NHL player.
“He had a long career and was a bona fide NHL player,” Devellano continued. “He was a good, solid player who was a good Red Wing, a good guy, brought a little life to the team. I’m very, very saddened by this news.”
Update #5: The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Chris Osgood about Burr as well:
"He was a funny guy, a non-stop talker, always had a trick to play," Osgood told the Free Press. "My first game as a rookie, he put my name upside down on my jersey. He was the guy in the 90s who kept everybody else relaxed. He did the dirty work for the team on the ice, and then kept the guys relaxed in the dressing room."
Burr was drafted by the Wings seventh overall in 1984, debuting with them the following season. He would go on to play 16 years in the NHL, completing his career with the Tampa Bay Lighting and San Jose Sharks. He produced 181 goals and 259 assists for 440 points in 878 games. His larger than life personality shone through in interviews and on the ice. After departing the Wings after the 1994-95 season - which saw the Wings go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals - Burr went from Tampa Bay to San Jose and back to the Lightning for one last go-around, in 1999-2000.
He returned to the Detroit area to live, joining the Wings' alumni association. The quality of the games may have changed, but Burr's personality hadn't.
"I know some of the other guys on the alumni team, they told me he'd sit in the dressing room and talk non-stop," Osgood said. "Then he'd take a shift on the ice, and when he was done with it, talk again.
"He had a lot, a lot of energy. He always had something going on."
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