Pat Burns makes Hockey Hall of Fame

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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