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PAT BURNS (1988-1992)

Pat
Burns

1988 -
Date of birth April 4th, 1952
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Deceased on November 19th, 2010
Seasons - MTL 4
Seasons - NHL 14
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 320 174 104 42 0 390
1988-1989 80 53 18 9 0 115
1989-1990 80 41 28 11 0 93
1990-1991 80 39 30 11 0 89
1991-1992 80 41 28 11 0 93
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 56 30 26  
1988-1989 21 14 7 Finals
1989-1990 11 5 6 Division finals
1990-1991 13 7 6 Division finals
1991-1992 11 4 7 Division finals
With a reputation for instilling a strong defensive game, Pat Burns replaced Jean Perron behind the bench with the Canadiens for the 1988-89 season.

With Burns, the Canadiens allowed the fewest goals (218) at the end of the 1988-89 season and won the Adams Division title with 115 points.

During the playoffs, the Canadiens – led by Patrick Roy, Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios – defeated Hartford, Boston and Philadelphia before falling to Calgary in a six-game Stanley Cup final.

At the end of the season, Burns was named the coach of the year (Jack Adams Award), Roy the league’s best goalie (Vezina Trophy), and Chelios, the best defenceman (Norris Trophy).

Despite winning 41, 39 and 41 games from 1989-90 to 1991-92, respectively, Montreal was eliminated during the second round of the playoffs three times by the Boston Bruins.

Burns yielded his position to Jacques Demers following the 1991-92 season with a Jack Adams Award, a berth in the Stanley Cup final, four playoff appearances and two division titles to his credit.

Under Burns, Roy won the Vezina Trophy three times and appeared in four All-Star Games.

Eric Desjardins, Mike Keane, Lyle Odelein, John LeClair and Patrice Brisebois are among the players who made their NHL debuts during Burns’ tenure with the Canadiens.

At age 58, Pat Burns lost his long and courageous battle against cancer.