Former NHL coach Burns released from hospital

TSN.ca Staff
4/8/2010 3:52:26 PM
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After a pneumonia scare, former NHL head coach Pat Burns has been released from hospital and has returned home.

Burns' cousin Robin told TSN that his relative is resting comfortably at home and taking antibiotics for his pneumonia.

Robin Burns also said he wants people to know Pat's departure is not imminent, although he didn't put it quite that diplomatically.
"Tell people Pat is home taking his medicine and watching TSN, which will surely put him to sleep before the medicine,” Burns joked.

Robin Burns also wanted to let the public know that if they wanted to send well wishes to Burns, it can be done so at http://www.arenapatburns.com/ Burns said Pat usually reads the messages there each day.

Burns was hospitalized outside Tampa, Fla., last Sunday on his 58th birthday.

Burns opted to forego any more chemotherapy after he was diagnosed last year with lung cancer, just a few years after he battled the same disease in his colon and liver.

His most recent public appearance was in Stanstead, Quebec two weeks ago, when it was announced that the Pat Burns Arena would be built on the campus of Stanstead College.

Burns won the Jack Adams Award with three different teams - Montreal in 1989, Toronto in 1993 and Boston in 1998 - and led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003. He coached in 1,019 NHL games from 1988 to 2004, compiling a 501-350-175 record.
Burns is still employed by the Devils for special scouting assignments.

The Montreal native has also inspired a special website - www.patburns.ca - where fans are lobbying the Hockey Hall of Fame to induct him as a builder. The website has attracted more than 50,000 members.

Despite the good will of hockey fans according to the Hockey News, it does not appear as though the Hockey Hall of Fame is willing to break protocol to push through Burns' potential induction.

For a person to be inducted in the builders' category their name must be formally put forward by one of the 18 members of the Hall of Fame selection committee.  Nominations for this year's class close on April 15th and it is not known if Burns was nominated.

"I'm not at liberty to discuss whether or not he has even been nominated," Bill Hay, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Hockey Hall of Fame told the Hockey News.

Hay told the Hockey News that a vote on Burns' potential eligibility would not be held until June 20 when the selection committee meets in Toronto.  While Hay admitted that Burns health may make an emergency vote possible he admitted to the Hockey News that it was 'highly unlikely' that it would happen.

Pat Burns (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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