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Pat Burns continues to recover from colon cancer

As the hockey world basks in the glory of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many people around the league are keeping an eye on Devils head coach Pat Burns. Burns was diagnosed with colon cancer just before the NHL playoffs began. He did not disclose his ailment until after his team was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs and the team continues to be tight lipped about his condition. The most recent news is that his colorectal cancer was diagnosed at an early stage and that the 52 year old is responding well to treatment. No word though if he will be able to return behind the bench with the Devils next year, though that would depend both on his health and an agreement being reached between the owners and players on a new collective bargaining agreement.

posted at 19:38:15 on 05/15/04 by HockeyCritic - Category: GMs and Coaches


SteveB wrote:

Anything new on how Pat's colon cancer treatments are coming along? There is hardly any info in the media on this...hope he makes a full recovery.
06/04/04 08:51:47

Pat C wrote:

I would like to know how Pat Burns is doing lately? There seems to be no updates on his condition?
I wish him well....
09/05/04 17:35:39

HockeyCritic wrote:

The latest wire report on Pat Burns' condition said:

"If New Jersey was in training camp, coach Pat Burns would not be physically able to handle his duties, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Burns, diagnosed with colon cancer, had to undergo a second round of chemotherapy. Because of the lockout, the Devils have no need for a replacement.

But if that time comes, it'll be special assignment coach Larry Robinson, who led New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 2000. "I'll do whatever (GM) Lou Lamoriello wants me to do," Robinson said."
10/02/04 15:32:57

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