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Bittersweet NHL milestone in Montreal

- November 20th, 2010

In 1917 one of the most famous sports rivalries kickstarted a new league and paved the path for more than 90 years of incredible play, amazing stars and stellar story lines.

And now, almost 93 years later, those two teams are going to face off once more on the night the NHL plays it’s 50,000th game.

But before the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens drop the puck in Montreal, they’re going to celebrate something a little more personal for both teams: the life of a friend, mentor and ultimate competitor in Pat Burns, who spent time coaching both clubs.

A sombre night for both teams, and the NHL as a whole, but regardless of which team racks up the most goals tonight and gets that ever important ‘W’, it’ll be a bittersweet night of rememberance in the hockey world.

Fond memories of Burns, who lost his long fight with cancer Friday night, and the ghosts of 93 years of memories taking to the ice at the Bell Centre.

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  1. Jean Carl Parisien | April 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Pat Burns was an awesome coach and nobody should forget that. He came up from nothing to coach the Hull Olympics, the Habs and the Bruins. Many didn’t like his style but he was a true pro. When he left the Bruins, he knew he had cancer. And chose to live the last years of his life at his cottage in Quebec. There was no drama. Nothing. He lived it and did the best job possible. he will always be remembered. Jean Carl Parisien

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