Three time NHL Top Coach winner
Pat, now 58, was first diagnosed with colon cancer during the 03-04 NHL season and managed to beat it. He then retired in 2005 after being diagnosed with liver cancer and prevailed over that diagnosis too! A mere three years later his cancer has returned and spread to his lungs which he had decided to not treat in 2009 stating in an April interview: "I know my life is nearing its end and I accept that.". “Here we go again. They’re trying to kill me before I’m dead. They’ve had me dead since June” Burns said about the incident to TSN. His last public appearance since his retirement was last March when it was announced an arena near his hometown of Magog, Quebec will be honorably named after him. Between 1988 and 2004, Burns has spent fourteen seasons coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins with a record of 501-350-161-14 in 1019 games.