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Montreal readies for Pat Burns’ funeral

In Canada on November 29, 2010 at 13:01

Former NHL coach Pat Burns will be laid to rest today in Montreal.

Burns died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

The police officer-turned-hockey coach had successful runs in Montreal, Toronto and Boston before winning a Stanley Cup with New Jersey.

Dozens of top figures from the hockey world are expected at the funeral, including the entire roster of the New Jersey Devils.

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The service will be held this afternoon at a downtown basilica not far from the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens.

Burns’ wife Line and children, Jason and Maureen, will receive condolences beforehand.

Burns was the youngest of six children born into a working-class family in the St-Henri district near the old Montreal Forum.

He was the only coach to win the Adams Trophy as the NHL’s top bench boss three times – with Toronto, Montreal, and Boston.

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