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Before becoming a coach in the QMJHL, AHL and NHL, Pat Burns was a
policeman near Ottawa. Is he preparing his 3rd career as a stand-up comic?
Invited to comment on an article from a
Toronto newspaper that pointed out that after losing the World Cup against the American
team, Canadians Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey went to Chez Parée (a strip
club near Molson Center), Pat Burns said:
"They can do what
they want after games. It's nobody's business as long as they weren't there between the
2nd and 3rd period"
September 20, 1996
Explaining why he moved Jason Allison
off the teams top line, the Bruins coach says:
are three things that are sure. You're going to pay taxes, you're going to die, and I'm
going to change the lines."
Early in a playoff series against the
Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins coach is irritated at all the comments about how strong Sabres
goalie Dominic Hasek is and says:
"I think he let some
goals in this year. His goals-against average was not 0.00."
May 7, 1999
Referring to the long-standing tradition
of throwing octopus on the ice in Detroit, the Bruins coach remembers:
"I got hit with an octopus in Detroit one time. ''It was the most gross
thing I've ever had happen. I got it right in the back of the neck; all the juice was
coming down. It was awful."
Early May 1999
When he was hired as coach by the Boston
"Coaching the Bruins is like going bear
hunting with a butter knife"
Journalists ask Pat Burns to comment on
the incident where Latrell Sprewell of the the NBA tried to strangle his coach :
"If one of my players ever wants to hit me, he better do it really hard
because otherwise, Ill find a rock, a stick, or a piece of wood and believe me,
its gonna be a brawl..."
A reporter asks the coach where is the
exercise room in the hotel where they are :
asking me where the exercise room is??"
The Bruins coach when people
suggested that he might win his 3rd coach-of-the-year award that season :
"Naw, they give you only $1,200 for that."
The Bruins coach on Jason Allison,
whos not known for getting involved in fights, taking on Phoenix star Keith
"Idont mind if he fights
Tkachuk. I dont want him fighting
bozos. If hes going to fight, fight the Tkachuks, fight the
Roenicks, but dont
bother with these Quint guys and these Doan guys."