Former Bruins head coach Pat Burns was one of six members elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
Burns, who will be inducted posthumously, coached the Bruins from 1997-2001, leading the team to a pair of playoff appearances, and won his third Jack Adams Award, awarded to the NHL’s top coach, in his first season with Boston. He also coached the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Devils en route to a career record of 501-353-151-14, and won the Stanley Cup in 2003 with New Jersey.
Burns died of cancer at the age of 58 in 2010.
“It’s a great day for me and my family,” Burns’ widow, Lynn, said in a statement. ”I’m speechless and tremendously happy. Pat would be proud and this is well-deserved.”
Burns was elected to the Hall in the “Builder Category.”
The other five members to be inducted in November will be Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, goalie Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, and Bill McCreary, elected in the Referee and Linesman category.