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Bruins Mourn Burns

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - June 16, 2009 was an amazing night for the Boston Bruins.


Pat Burns
B's goaltender Tim Thomas took home the Vezina, defenseman Zdeno Chara won the Norris and goalie Manny Fernandez joined Thomas for the Jennings.

But the most poignant moment came when former Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns introduced Black & Gold bench boss Claude Julien as the winner of the Jack Adams trophy as the league’s top coach. The former B's bench boss called Julien "mon ami" and the current Bruins coach said he hoped to follow in Burn's footsteps.

"I hope I can catch you someday," said Julien to Burns, before he added, "I need a couple more Jack Adams and a Stanley Cup."

On Friday, the hockey world and the Bruins family lost Pat Burns to a long fight with cancer. He was 58.

Burns coached 254 games behind the Bruins bench from May 21, 1997 to Oct. 25, 2000. He won the Adams Trophy following the 1997-98 season, one of only three coaches in club history to earn that honor.

"On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins family, I would like to express our deep sorrow on the passing of Pat Burns," said Bruins President Cam Neely in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burns family."

A former police officer in Gatineau, Quebec, Burns coached 14 seasons in the NHL from 1988-2004 and compiled a 501-350-161-14 record in 1,019 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins and the New Jersey Devils. He had a record of 78-71 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and took home the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003.

"Pat was a great coach and more importantly a wonderful man," added Neely. "The Bruins are honored to have him as a part of our history."

Material from NHL.com was used in this report.
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