Salut Monsieur Burns .

There`s an angel that`s watching right over you

All your trails have not been in vain

Won`t you lift your head up to the starry night

Finding strength in the things that remain

It`s part of the plan

For a new kind of man to come through

Pat Burns was not a friend of mine . I did not have the pleasure of meeting him.

Tears do not care .

I saw him on television and once – I was fortunate enough to watch the back of his head for sixty minutes as I sat behind the Montreal Canadiens bench .

Tears do not care .

He was a police officer for seventeen years and during that time , Mr . Burns perhaps altered the course of many a criminal and set them straight .

Tears do not care .

Pat Burns led the Montreal Canadiens to their highest point total during the regular season since the team `s 1970`s  dynasty in 1988 -89.

Tears do not care.

Pat Burns won the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year – three times . The most of any coach in history .

Tears do not care .

Mr . Burns guided the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003 .

Tears do not care .

Mr . Burns leaves behind his wife, Line, his daughter, Maureen, son, Jason, stepdaughter, Stephanie, stepson, Maxime, and grandson, Samuel. He also leaves behind millions of hockey fans around the globe .

There will be a moment of silence before the Habs -  Leaf game tonight at the Bell Center. It will be  in the memory of Pat Burns who passed away at the age of 58 from Lung Cancer.  42 , 546 eyes will shed tears that care .

Didn `t  I come to bring you a sense of wonder ?

Didn `t  I  come to lift your fiery vision bright ?

Didn `t  I come to bring you a sense of wonder of the

flame child ?


Yes you did Pat Burns – yes you did…

Words in quotations by singer / songwriter Van Morrison