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Legendary coach Pat Burns' health worsens

Sep 16, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

patburns1.jpgThe health of former NHL head coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse. According to a report out of Canada, the three-time Jack Adams award winner’s struggles with terminal lung cancer are becoming more dire and those close to him are fearing the worst.

Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse, according to news reports.

The 58-year-old Montreal native has been fighting a battle with terminal lung cancer for a number of years. That battle, it appears, could end in the next few days.

Cancer is a horrible thing for anyone to deal with and it’s painful to see those we care about and love go through it. What will upset fans of Pat Burns more these days is reflecting back upon Burns not getting elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. It’s sad to think that a coach who has a legacy more than Hall-Of-Fame-worthy is seemingly going to get elected posthumously when there was a chance to honor the man while he’s still alive.

That said, this isn’t a moment to get angry about that injustice, instead it’s time to pray for his health in hopes that we’ll see his condition turn around for the better in any way possible.

  1. David - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    News just came that Pat Burns has passed away. RIP Pat.

  2. JPF - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    RIP Pat. Boston will always love you.
    Thanks for the memories.

  3. Kevin - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    God Speed my friend hockey will not be the same!!!!!!!! The NH. Lakes region will miss you.

  4. Mark - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    IS this for sure? I thought I just read that Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada says (paraphrase) that this is not true, that someone just got off the phone with him (Burns); and no, my post is not meant as some kind of joke. Has anyone verified if he has passed. I hope not. I hope he can still get elected to HHOF before he passes, and may he still hopefully have a long life here on earth!
    Great memories especially of him with Toronto in 1990’s.

  5. Tina - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Pat Burns is still Alive. Mainstream media got it wrong.

  6. Joye - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    He’s still alive and kicking. Special thanks to “Ed” who reported the …er…report… (Ok. So I don’t know the real name of the joker who initially reported this without getting all the FACTS… but I’ll just call him Ed for now.)
    We think you’re Special, Ed, you super journalist, you.

  7. giantELF - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Um…he’s still kicking guys.

  8. David - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    @giant. HAHAHA

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