According to reports and Maple Leafs advisor Clliff Fletcher, former Canadiens head coach Pat Burns has lost his battle with cancer.
He was 58.
Burns, a native of St-Henri district, won 501 games in 15 seasons as an NHL coach with the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, which he led to the 2002-03 Stanley Cup title in his first season with the club.
He is the only coach in NHL history to win the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s coach of the year three times, winning it with the Canadiens in 1988-89, the Leafs in 1992-93 and the Bruins in 1997-98.
More details to come.