Coach: The Pat Burns Story

Kobo ebook | October 30, 2012

byRosie DiManno

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Pat Burns was one of the great NHL coaches. He worked with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, and seemed always to enjoy instant success. He capped his extraordinary career by coaching the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003. Cancer--his third bout--finally claimed him in 2010, aged 58. 

Rosie DiManno, who knew Burns well, has written a revealing, exhilarating and heartfelt account of his life: his childhood as a fatherless, solitary male surrounded by many women, his years as a police officer, his glorious coaching career and his long and characteristically valiant ending.

Coach
is both the first major biography of Burns and one that, with its revelations, personal insights and riveting prose, is--like the man himself--sure to be both controversial and hard to beat. Rosie DiManno knew, liked and admired Burns, and in the writing of this book has interviewed many, many people from every stage of his life. She is not blind to his less endearing qualities, but seeks to explain them.

DiManno reveals a man of contradictions--gruff and crude, bullying and sentimental, and easily wounded. She shows, moreover, a man of hockey. The Burns who rode motorcycles, dressed like a cowboy, and sweet-talked the ladies was, says DiManno, a self-creation. His one indisputable, true talent was for coaching hockey. He was a pure coach. 

DiManno tells a compelling story and helps us to understand a complex man, one who gave little of himself to the public and yet whose funeral was a spectacle. How did that happen? Who was Pat Burns? Rosie DiManno, who witnessed much of the story, has the answers.

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Pat Burns was one of the great NHL coaches. He worked with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, and seemed always to enjoy instant success. He capped his extraordinary career by coaching the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003. Cancer--his third bout--finally claimed him in 20...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385676379

ISBN - 13:9780385676373

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Coach Very insightful look into a man we only thought we knew. Just goes to show how far passion, love & dedication can take you in life as Pat truly loved hockey & winning his way. While he sacrificed a lot to reach the pinnacle in terms of intimacy in his relationships, it's nice to know those around him understood that was Pat and loved him just the same as the hockey world did.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coach Very insightful look into a man we only thought we knew. Just goes to show how far passion, love & dedication can take you in life as Pat truly loved hockey & winning his way. While he sacrificed a lot to reach the pinnacle in terms of intimacy in his relationships, it's nice to know those around him understood that was Pat and loved him just the same as the hockey world did.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coach - The Pat Burns Story An amazing man presented extremely well by Rosie!
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from must read if a hockey fan If you are a hockey fan or a Pat Burns fan this is a must read. I learned many things about Pat I didn't know,
Date published: 2012-12-22