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Burns named to Hockey Hall of Fame

Late head coach enters as a Builder in Class of 2014

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 4:49 PM ET / News
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Burns named to Hockey Hall of Fame
Burns named to Hockey Hall of Fame
Burns hoists the Cup in 2003.
Pat Burns is finally headed into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The late head coach was one of six named Monday to the Class of 2014 that will be officially inducted on Nov. 17 in Toronto.

Burns, who won the Jack Adams Award with three teams (Montreal, Toronto, Boston) and led the Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup, was the lone addition to the Builder Category. He will be enshrined along with Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano in the Players Category, and Bill McCreary in the Referee and Linesman Category.

Burns spent parts of 14 seasons as a coach in the NHL, recording 501 regular-season victories and a .573 winning percentage. His 78 wins in the postseason rank 11th all-time.

"It's a great day for me and my family,” Burns’ widow, Line, told the Hockey Hall of Fame website. "I'm speechless and tremendously happy. Pat would be proud and this is well-deserved."

Burns posted a .610 winning percentage in two seasons with the Devils, going 89-53-22 from 2002-03 to 2003-04. New Jersey went 16-8 during the 2003 postseason, securing the franchise’s third title with a seven-game Final victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Illness forced Burns from his coaching post following the 2003-04 season. He passed away on Nov. 19, 2010.

“If you look at his work over the years when he was coaching, he was a very successful coach,” Patrik Elias said of his former bench boss. “It’s well-deserved for him and his wife."

That 2003 season was unique for Elias.

“Every run we made to the playoffs or the Final was a different situation, a different feeling,” he said. “This one, we didn’t have as much talent as a team as we did in those years prior to that. It was all about work ethic and that’s what Pat demanded. It paid off, obviously, during that year.”

The Devils’ all-time leading scorer admits that while he didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Burns, he can't argue with the results.

"He gave me a different perspective of coaching, on a relationship with the coach,” said Elias. "At the same time, he made me go through some things that I didn’t like in my life as a hockey player, but that made me stronger going forward.”

After a 17-year career as a police officer, Burns coached Hull (QMJHL) for four seasons, then progressed to Sherbrooke (AHL) in 1987. In 1988, he began his NHL coaching career with Montreal, leading the Canadiens to the 1989 Cup Final and claiming the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year in his first season.

Burns also led Toronto to back-to-back conference finals in 1993 and 1994.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59