|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
By the time Burnsie made it to the Devils, he had a reputation of being a... I guess demanding coach...
Pun alert! You could say that what he said to his team was the law. (And being that he was a former cop
in Hull... now you get the pun.)
He was a 3-time Jack Adams winner for Coach of the Year, but he was missing one HUGE piece of
hardware, and he would lead the Devils to that in 2003.
A real unfortunate turn of events came at the tail end of the lockout. He was diagnosed with cancer for a
second time (liver), and opted to step down as coach of the Devils. He still acted as a consultant for the
team, but for the most part, he had spent most of his days recouping down at his home in Florida.
He was doing quite well for a while there until another form of cancer was diagnosed in his lungs, a
more terminal kind this time. He would spend his last days in Sherbrooke, close to his family.
Construction had already begun on an arena in Stanstead that would ultimately bear his name. He said
of it "I probably won't see the project to the end, but let's hope I'm looking down on it and see a young
Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux skating on the rink."
(looks up) Well, Coach... what do you see?
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Patrick John Joseph Burns
Born: 4.4.52 Montreal, Quebec
Died: 11.19.10 Sherbrooke, Quebec