Pat Burns has Cancer Again

Prior to dropping the puck for last weekend’s All – Star game in Montreal, a moment was taken by the hockey community to say a silent prayer for former coach Pat Burns who recently made public the stunning news of having lung cancer.

 This 56 year-old former Montreal policeman who strung together an impressive coaching resume which included over 500 wins (501), and a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils, is currently a Devils scout and doesn’t plan to slow down his active lifestyle.

“Right now, I’m just enjoying the time I have left,” said Burns who over his 14 years behind an NHL bench with the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey was known as a no-nonsense coach. “The crying and everything, that’s all finished.” “I told my family, that’s it.” “We’ve done all that.” “Let’s just enjoy what we have here.” 

Burns who in the past has undergone aggressive chemotherapy treatments for colon and liver cancer has decided not to undergo anymore chemo this time around and to let nature take its course.

“It becomes a situation where, how much do you want to treat things,” said Burns who is still golfing and riding his motorcycle along with his scouting duties. “It’s the treatment that’s tough.” “I did 2.5 years of chemo and I’ve had two major surgeries.”

Every two weeks Burns who has been to the top cancer institutions and still sees his doctors every two weeks was full of praise towards the Devils organization especially their long time general manager Lou Lamoriello.

“ I love working for New Jersey,” Burns said. “They’ve been great to me.” “They’ve supported me.” “Lou is a Godsend for me because he’s looked after me, and I know I can stay close to hockey.”

Even though he isn’t taking chemotherapy, Burns is determined to fight tooth and nail to the very end. “I’m not going to stop,” Burns said. “You’ve got to get up with a purpose in life.”

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Another Fight Scare

Even after Garrett Klotz survived a scary on ice incident, that easily could have turned tragic, this Philadelphia Phantoms’, American Hockey League, forward still strongly believes that fighting should remain in hockey.

Approximately a week ago, Klotz was involved in a fight with Manchester’s Kevin Westgarth, that at the end saw his body go into violent convulsions, after being repeatedly hit in the head with some violent blows.

“I know the risks that I’m taking when I go out there and I’m willing to take the risk,” Klotz said on Thursday. “It’s not too often that this happens.”

Since that fight, along with the death of a senior hockey player in Whitby, Dunlops’ defenceman, Don Sanderson, there has been plenty of debate about whether or not fights should be abolished in hockey.

Klotz, who is known for his aggressive play, has made it clear that he doesn’t want this isolated incident to determine whether rules are changed or not.

Once at the hospital, doctors couldn’t determine what caused the seizures. After a few days of rest, he was given the green light to resume training with his team.

“I had CT scans, and MRI’s done and everything came back normal,” the 20 year-old said. “It’s looking clear, and hopefully it never happens again.” 

“I’m just going to take it slowly and see how I feel, until I’m fully prepared to get back on the ice, and do what I do.”

Going forward, Klotz commented that the sooner he is cleared to play the better. He admitted to being scared, but knows that he can’t allow it to be a barrier from playing his aggressive style of play.