Remembering Pat Burns

Red Fisher’s piece

Gazette photo gallery

Scott Morrison on Burns

• Pierre Durocher on a hard man with a soft heart

• François Gagnon shares happy memories

A cop and a coach

• Stu Hackel’s SI story and a SI feature from the vaults

• Pierre LeBrun on “one of a kind”


  1. Zeds says:

    Any thoughts on how the organization will handle his passing tonight? I think it would be a nice gesture to have a bagpiper play Amazing Grace with some highlights playing on the big screen followed by a moment of silence. A great tribute to a solid man.  


  2. ths says:

    Right On , Ian !

    Brought back great memories. I actually lived in St Henri as a poor student with mates  at Concordia when I didnt want to sponge off the parents and/or wanted to be closer to the city action. I can still smell the sweet putrid tobacco smell emanating from Imperial Tobacco on a hot August afternoon. “I kissed a girl by the Imperial Tobacco factory wall. Dreamed a dream by the old Lachine canal….”

    I met Pat, probably the first year, in the old Dublin on ST Paddy’s day on probably one of my greatest Montreal St Paddy’s day benders. I was there about 1 in the morning after spending the whole day at various haunts and bumping into long lost friends that kept me from calling it a day. All of a sudden there’s Pat Burns, coach of the Montreal Canadiens propping up the end of the bar. He was Joe Blow. It was like talking to your mate who made the big time. He was telling us all about how things were going and what was what with each player. Before that I didn’t like his gruff image but that was just his public ‘coach’ image. I came away liking the guy and seeing how he handled himself with so much dignity through all he went through just showed me what a man he was.

    Rest easy Pat and every Joe Blow in Montreal raise a pint of Guinness to a great Irish/Quebecois/Canadian. These are the kind of people that made Montreal the great city it was/is.


    Cheers Pat !




  3. Ian Cobb says:

    People that build their own lives from scratch, always know where up is.

    When Pat was on top, he never forgot were the bottom was.!!

    Just a man, but the world needs more, Pat Burns in it.


  4. observer says:

    If those Hall of Fame voters had an ounce of decency within them Burns would have been voted into the Hall last season. Now they’ll vote for him, a day late and forever short. RIP Mr. Burns.

  5. twocents says:

    Thank you, Pat.

    Rest in Peace.

  6. Clay4bc says:

    Still bummed about Mr. Burns…great man, great coach. Hall of fame coach, even if they don’t have him in yet. That will be rectified, but the sad thing is that he didn’t live to see it happen.

    Respects and condolences to his family.


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  7. 24 Cups says:

    A few links from Toronto that look back at the Pat Burns years. 

    Pat Burns dead at the age of 58.

    Pat Burns: A Hockey LIfe (short video)

    Remembering Burnsie

    TSN’s coverage with lots of video links on the sidebar.

    Pat Burns and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Pension Plan Puppets – That Next Place

  8. habstrinifan says:

    As a Montreal Canadien’s fan, I need to pause in my day’s routine to pay respect to Pat Burns, who had a long and always tenuous and difficult  tenure as head-coach of the Montreal Canadiens and then went on to coach the Leafs and the devils.

    An accomplished NHL career filled with achievements!

    Thank you Mr. Pat Burns for being a hardworking coach who worked every night to instill in his team the perseverance of Titans heading into battle with the GODS. You brooked neither frailty of character nor weakness of purpose in your players. You were a tough coach resolved to a tough mission every night.

    I am sure Mr. Burns that you would want homage paid to you to be done honourably and with ‘look me in the eye’ integrity. I believe that you would smirk at lesser. And so Mr. Burns I shall spurn the fawning of overpraise and honour you as a tough man who did a tough job in a tough manner.

    I saw you as a mentor and educator who abided by the principles enjoined in the following quote by Daniel Webster. “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes from society.”…. Daniel Webster.

    You achieved your success by doing up your shirt sleeves and reaching elbow-deep into the cauldron of life to grab for your goals. Even in your final days, I could sense the disdainful smirk on your face over the media disquiet as you did what you always had done…. “go about the task of  LIFE”.

    May I end my tribute with the following quote.

    “I could do nothing without problems, they toughen my mind. In fact I tell my assistants not to bring me their successes for they weaken me; but rather to bring me their problems, for they strengthen me…..Charles F Kettering 1876.”

    The world gave you it’s problems and you SUCCEEDED… as a policeman and a coach! Thank you Mr Pat Burns. Rest in Peace!


  9. Keith says:

    A very sad day in hockey indeed. I always like Pat Burns as a hockey coach, but I liked him better as a human being. Sure he had his faults (like everybody, including myself), but you always got the straight goods with Pat no matter what. I watched my father wither away from the ravages of cancer and he died at 63, so 58 is FAR too young to die imo, unfortunately we don’t have a choice in such matters. When I heard the news last night a tear came to my eye and I remembered the last days that I spent with my father, and I thought of Pat’s family and the pain they must be going through at this time. My heart goes out to Pat’s family, friends and fellow coaches who knew this great man and who commanded a huge amount of respect and admiration from friend and foe alike. REST IN PEACE PAT. You will not be forgotten.

  10. habsfan_61 says:

    bow our heads in a moment of silence for pat. hopefully the hof will induct you next year and you will be looking down and smiling.r.i.p. you will never be forgotten

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