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A photographic look at the life of hockey coaching great Pat Burns

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Former National Hockey League head coach Pat Burns, who is battling lung cancer, speaks to reporters at the announcing of a new arena to be named after Burns, on Friday in Stanstead, Que.

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Montreal Canadiens coach Pat Burns reacts to a referee's call during an NHL game in Montreal in January, 1989.

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New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns reacts after a penalty was called on his team late in the third period of their 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their NHL game April 1, 2003, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The loss left the Devils one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in their quest for the Eastern Division top playoff slot. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine


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New Jersey Devils head coach Pat Burns kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Mighty Ducks in East Rutherford, N.J., in this June 9, 2003 photo. Burns, who enjoyed instant success wherever he coached and who capped his tumultuous career by guiding the New Jersey Devils to Stanley Cup glory in 2003, has died of cancer. He was 58. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Bill Kostroun


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New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns makes a point during their practice session in East Rutherford, New Jersey, June 4, 2003, as they get ready for Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Around him are Brian Gionta (L), Jamie Langenbrunner (15), Grant Marshall (29) and Pascal Rheaume. The series is tied at two games each. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine


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Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns (R) and former Quebec Nordiques coach Michel Bergeron man the mikes during a sports radio show in Montreal Monday. Burns, who was fired earlier this year, will be a regular on the show as well as doing color for The Sports Network during the hockey playoffs.(CP PHOTO)

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Pat Burns is taking the fall for tumbling team. Burns, shown in this 1993 file photo after Toronto's playoff loss to Los Angeles Kings, has been fired by the Leafs, losers of theirlast eight games and 3-16-3 since the all-star break/ (CP PHOTO) 1996 (Files-Staff-Ryan Remiroz)

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Former NHL coaches Pat Burns, left, and Scotty Bowman chat at a CHL luncheon held for the top CHL/NHL prospects Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 in Quebec City. (CP PHOTO/Jacques Boissinot)


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Former Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns speaks during an interview with a Canadian TV station in Laconia, N.H., Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, as an interview with Bruins' head coach Mike Keenan is broadcast behind him on a television. Burns was fired Wednesday after eight games of his fourth season with the Bruins. Burns said it was an honor to coach in Boston, and he remains friends with General Manager Harry Sinden, who made the decision to dismiss Burns after the team lost four straight games. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)


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Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns shouts to players during his team's training session at the Alexandra Palace ice rink, September 8. Maple Leafs are preparing for two exhibition games next weekend against New York Rangers. ac/Andre Camara REUTER

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Team Canada head coach Ken Hitchcock, centre right, explains a drill as associate coach Pat Burns, centre left, looks on during a practice session Friday April 25, 2008 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot


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Former NHL coach Pat Burns (R) poses with his wife Lynne Burns during the NHL Presenters Welcome Reception at the Palms Casino Resort on June 17, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pat Burns, who was the head coach for the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, and led the Devils to a Stanley Cup championship in 2003, died from cancer on November 19, 2010 at the age of 58.

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