Pat Burns passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 58. One of the most successful coaches in NHL history, he led the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils to a combined 501 victories. In 15 NHL seasons, he only missed the playoffs three times. Most of you who read this today will already have your own fond memories of Burns, and no words of mine will do him justice.
"Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humour, his honesty, his humanity and his courage," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "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."
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