"Pat Burns Was Fit For A President"

Mitch. Mitchell.Correspondent IApril 18, 2010

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29:  U.S. President George W. Bush speaks as he looks at the trophy of the Stanley Cup during a meeting with the 2003 champion the New Jersey Devils September 29, 2003 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. The Devils defeated the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a seven-game 2003 Stanley Cup Final series to capture the team's second Stanley Cup in the past four years. Devils' team captain is on the right, and head coach Pat Burns is on the left of Bush.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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It is so sad to see such a great person, as well as a fine coach and family man, to be taken away from us at such a young age.

I met "Pat" many years ago when he was involved in Junior Hockey in the Ottawa Valley Area.

He was a very shy person inside of that big body, but a very strict coach, who was always fair with his players.

I must say "Mike Ullmer ," our very fine Blog Writer, wrote a great "Tribute To Pat" well done "Mike". 

If I remember correctly- "The Great One" (99) made the suggestion to "Pat Burns" when "Pat" was coaching "Junior Hockey": You (Pat) should be coaching in the N.H.L.

Not only did the "Sport Of Hockey" loose a "Great Coach" - "We Lost A great Man".

"May God Bless You Pat".