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NHL loses former coach Pat Burns to cancer

Pat Burns was basically a shy man. He didn’t talk about his personal life very often and when he got sick with cancer, he didn’t want any sympathy.

Burns died last week at age 58 after a long battle with cancer. He beat lung cancer, liver cancer and then he had lung cancer.

Pat Burns (NJ Devils photo)

Burns was a former police officer, who ended up being a three-time NHL coach of the year and a Stanley Cup champion. There is an arena in Quebec that will bare his name.

He had 501 wins in 1,019 regular-season games.

Burns is the only coach to win the Jack Adams Award, which is the coach of the year, with three teams, Montreal, Toronto and Boston.

He won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.

compiled from staff, & NHL news

New Jersey Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire retires at age 64

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Jacques Lemaire New Jersey (nhl)

Jacques Lemaire says that the energy and thrill is gone, so he is retiring from coaching.

Just a few days after the New Jersey Devils were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year, the 64-year-old Lemaire made the surprising announcement that he was retiring.

Lemaire said that he has thought about retiring several times this seasonĀ  and that losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs had nothing to do with his decision at all.

Devils president Lou Lamoriello said that Lemaire, who is a 1984 Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing career, will stay on with New Jersey in a role that will be determined later.

As far as replacements, Lamoriello has not put together a list of candidates but there are several who have been rumored to be in the hunt: John MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ top farm team (Lowell of the AHL), and Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who was an assistant this season.

LeMaire coached 16 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, posting a 588-441 won-lost record. His teams also played 124 ties and lost 60 games in overtime or shootouts.

He won the Jack Adams award as the league’s top coach in 1994 and 2003. This past winter, he was an assistant coach on Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Devils won the Atlantic Division this past season with a 47-27-7 record, putting them as the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they were clearly outplayed by the Flyers, the number 7 seed, who beat them nine out of 11 games this season.