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Reaction to Burns Passing from Inside TD Garden

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Reaction to Burns' passing from around TD Garden...


"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. Pat was a great coach and more importantly a wonderful man. The Bruins are honored to have him as a part of our history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burns family."
--Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins

"A couple of years ago in Las Vegas for the award ceremonies when Claude [Julien] was getting his Jack Adams Award, we were having dinner the night before, and Pat [Burns] was with his wife and he came over. He was to give the presentation to Claude, and I could just see, as an observer, I could just see the closeness between Claude and Pat. They were very similar coaches with similar backgrounds and then to see the speech and the handing over of the award the next night, It just kind of brought it all together. I was thinking of that this morning. It was kind of special for me to be able to watch that...He’s a very good person and anytime you lose a figure like that, who’s had the impact he’s had in hockey and with the Bruins, it’s a great loss."
--Peter Chiarelli, general manager of the Boston Bruins

"As I said, when I won the Jack Adams I was so honored to receive it from him because I consider him a friend and at the same time, my comment was ‘if I could even accomplish what you’ve accomplished, I’ll be a really happy coach.’ I mean he’s got three Jack Adams, he’s got a Stanley Cup, you know, he’s done so much...Every player liked him and respected him. Even the guys that he had his little run-ins with, I think eventually they came around to understand where he was coming from and that’s what you do as a coach. You do what you think is best for the player whether it makes you popular or not. Sometimes it might take a player five, ten years to realize what he was trying to do, but eventually they do [understand]. And as a coach like him, all he could do was [say] ‘I could live with the situation for now, as long as at the end it’s understood that what I was trying to do was the best for the players.’ That to me is what Pat was all about."

«Pat était un ami. Je me souvréndrai Toujours de moment au il m’a remi le trophé 'Jack Adams.' Quelle honneur! Il aura aussi serri d’une belle source de motivation alors que j’ai eu le privlège de suire plusieurs de ces traces. Il m’a toujours laissé de gras souliers à remplir et cela m’a toujours motivé à être le meilleur entraineur que je puisse être. Pat, nous allons te manguer énonmément dans le monde du hockey! Adieu.»
--Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins

"He felt strongly in how to play the game and how your approach to playing the game should be. As you went along and you gained his confidence, he gave you latitude as a player. He always had a three-game rule as an older player. He said, ‘I’ll give you three games to get it in shape and if you don’t get it in shape in three games,’ and he did this while we were skating around on the ice, he said ‘You see one of those seats up there? Because that’s where you will be'...[but] you know, this hard core image that was sort of built up around him was a bit of a [facade] in some regards. He was a tough character, no question about it, but deep down he cared about people."
--Don Sweeney, assistant general manager of the Boston Bruins

"That's all he wanted out of you. Do your job. Do it well. No excuses and everything is going to be fine...Pat was a man who expected a lot from people, but he also gave a lot, too. He was a good friend. Good person. And he treated everyone the same, whether you were Ray Bourque or whether you were a stick boy. He treated everyone the way he wanted to be treated, so that's what made him so unique as a person. I mean, there was only one side to Pat Burns and that was just a great person."
--Don DelNegro, Boston Bruins Athletic Trainer

"He was a stand-up guy. A really cool guy. We had a lot of interests in common -- boating, snowmobiling, and outdoorsy-types of stuff. And he had a rough, burly image, but when you got to know him he was a really cool guy. If you worked hard for him, he noticed it and was really good to you...if you were a slacker, you were going to get picked out by him. He'd recognized that so, as far as working hard, he recognized it and appreciated it."
--Keith Robinson, Boston Bruins Equipment Manager

The Bruins will hold a moment of silence before Boston's home game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
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