Report: Burns hospitalized

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

Former NHL head coach Pat Burns has been hospitalized in Florida.

Burns has terminal lung cancer. He was reportedly taken to hospital just outside Tampa with pneumonia last Sunday -- his 58th birthday.

Burns has been taking part in a daily sports show on Montreal radio station CKAC. The station confirmed Thursday that he has been hospitalized.

Only two weeks ago, Burns made a rare public appearance to attend the announcement of the Pat Burns Arena, to be built in Stanstead, Que.

Burns opted to forgo further chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. He battled colon and liver cancer a few years ago.

Burns, who coached both the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maples Leafs, won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

He is also the only NHL head coach in history to win the Jack Adams Award (for Coach of the Year) three times. His exceptional coaching career included 501 regular season wins before retiring to battle cancer in 2004.

In late March, three Oakville, Ont., residents launched a Facebook group to fast-track Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The group called Let's Get Pat Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame - NOW! has since attracted more than 50,000 members and has been profiled by media across North America.

The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee must submit its nominations for this year's class by April 15.


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