Pat Burns is finally being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend.
I say finally I mean it would have been nice for the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to have gotten their act together while Burns while he was still alive. It is not that I think he is overdue for induction by any other standard. It is surprising how few coaches have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category. I believe there are a number of other coaches who should be considered for enshrinement, too. Some possibly ahead of Pat Burns. But that is for another day.
Burns spent parts of 14 seasons as a coach in the NHL, winning the Jack Adams Award with three teams and capturing the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. He also reached the Cup Final in 1989 with the Montreal Canadiens and got the Toronto Maple Leafs to back-to-back conference finals in 1993 and 1994.
Let's take a look at some of the web's top stories about Pat Burns, the newest Hockey Hall of Fame coach.
Pat Burns Was A Winner - Toronto Sun
Lou Lamoreillo: Why Pat Burns Was Special