Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Widow’s car broken into while Pat Burns was buried


It seems there’s no limit as to how low people will stoop. While former NHL coach Pat Burns was being buried in Montreal, Canada on Nov. 29th somebody broke into his widow’s car and stole a good amount of hockey memorabilia that was set to be auctioned off for charity. The crime was called “deplorable” by Robin Burns, a cousin of Pat, who delivered the eulogy at the funeral.

The three-time coach of the year and Stanley Cup winner Pat Burns died on Nov. 19th from lung cancer at the age of 58. Police in Montreal said the lowlifes knew what they were doing and who the car belonged to. They said the thieves took approximately 30 autographed hockey jerseys and other items that were a part of Burns’ personal hockey collection. However, they didn’t take Burns’ wallet which was in the car at the time of the break in.

Some of the other stolen items included family photos, two suitcases that contained Burns’ and his widow’s clothes, bed sheets from the palliative-care unit, A Movado men’s watch, jewellery and an iPad. Police believe the thieves will be stuck with the items now as they won’t be able to sell them in public places such as e-Bay and pawn shops. However, they could be sold to private collectors in the underground or black market.

Burns, a former policeman, coached the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup championship in 2002-03 and received the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. He’s the only coach in league history to have won it three times, including his rookie year.

The whole roster of the Devils attended the funeral along with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, and former NHL stars such as Patrick Roy, Raymond Bourque, Luc Robitaille, and Tie Domi, who all played for burns at one time or another.

Burns’ widow, Line, discovered the break in the morning after the funeral services and immediately reported it to the police. The police then said they would appeal to the public as well as the crooks and ask them to leave the stolen items in an agreed-upon location so they could be recovered and sold for charity as originally planned. It’s believed the crooks broke into the car anywhere between midnight and about 9 a.m. on Nov. 30th. Burns’ family and friends had held a wake in his honour in a downtown club after the funeral services.

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