Pat Burns makes Hockey Hall of Fame
PatBurns was finally given the overdue recognition he deserved when it was announced last week that he had been chosen for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was the only coach in NHL history to win the Jack Adams Award for coaching three times and he did so with three different teams: the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. He also won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils, in 2003.
Although the hockey coach’s candidacy had been previously considered, he was never able to secure the necessary fourteen of eighteen votes needed from the selection committee which had as its members a few of Mr. Burns’ former bosses. Two of those bosses, Serge Savard and Harry Sinden, left the committee recently.
Born in Montreal, Pat Burns was a police officer for seventeen years before getting into professional coaching. He died in November, 2010, at the age of fiftyeight. He enters the Hockey Hall of Fame officially on November 10, 2014, in the ‘builder’ category, along with Dominik Hasek, Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano and referee Bill McCreary.