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Former Bruins coach Pat Burns dies, Cam Neely issues statement

11.19.10 at 8:17 pm ET
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The hockey world was shaken as NHL coaching legend Pat Burns died on Friday. Burns, 58, had battled colon cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer in the later stages of his life.

Burns coached the Bruins from 1997-2000, leading them for 254 games. He also coached in Montreal, Toronto, and New Jersey over his 20 year career, leading the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003 over the Mighty Ducks in a thrilling seven game series.

In total, Burns had a coaching record of 501-353-151-14 record in 1,019 NHL games. Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement on Friday evening:

“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.”

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