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Old 11-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pat Burns, who enjoyed instant success wherever he coached and who capped his tumultuous career by guiding the New jersey Devils to Stanley Cup glory in 2003, has died of cancer. He was 58.

Burns died Friday.

The former NHL coach battled cancer of the colon and the liver in 2004 and 2005 and hoped he had beaten the disease, but in January 2009 doctors found it had spread to his lungs.

The third time, he initially opted to forgo any further treatment, but then decided to go with chemotherapy to try to extend his life as long as possible.

Burns remained as a consultant to the Devils for some time after being diagnosed with the third cancer. And, even though his voice had weakened, he did some morning hockey commentaries on CKAC, a French-language Montreal radio station.

Burns was the only coach to win the Adams Trophy as the NHL's top bench boss with three different teams -- Montreal in 1989, Toronto in 1993 and Boston in 1998.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Pat Burns," said Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

"Pat was a close friend to us all, while dedicating his life to his family and to the game of hockey. . . Today, the hockey world has lost a great friend and ambassador."

His last official public appearance was in early October, when he attended the groundbreaking ceremony for an arena to be named in his honour in Stanstead, Que.

The wise-cracking Burns couldn't resist a jab at the media, some of whom had reported a few weeks earlier that he had died.

"I'm not dead yet," he told journalists in a hushed tone, his frail body and sunken cheeks showing the physical toll the lengthy battle had taken.

Famed NHL coach Pat Burns, dead from cancer at 58 - CTV News

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