As an NHL coach, Mr. Burns coached 1,019 games and winning 501 games. Mr. Burns coached the Montreal Canadiens (1989-1992), Toronto Maple Leafs (1992-1996), Boston Bruins (1997-2001), and New Jersey Devils (2002-2004).
Mr. Burns would win the Stanley Cup in 2004 with New Jersey, while leading Montreal to the Stanley Cup finals in 1989, his first season coaching in the NHL.
Mr. Burns would also lead Toronto to the conference finals in the first two years he was there, in 1993 and 1994. The Maple Leafs came within one win of making it two the finals for the first time since 1967 in 1993.
In his 14 years as a coach, his teams only missed the playoffs three times (although the Maple Leafs still qualified for the playoffs in 1996 after he was dismissed by the team.)
Mr. Bruns would win three Jack Adams in 1989, 1993, and 1998. The award is handed out by the NHL for the coach who ‘contributed the most to his team’s success.’
Mr. Burns will be joined by Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Rob Blake, and former referee Bill McCreary in the Class of 2014.
Mr. Burns was born on April 4th, 1952 in Montreal. A former police officer, he started his coaching career in 1986 in the minor leagues. He sadly passed away on November 19th, 2010 from cancer.