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Coach: The Pat Burns Story [Hardcover]

Rosie DiManno
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Book Description

Oct. 30 2012

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.

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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“Coach: The Pat Burns Story is the best hockey biography of the year. . . . [DiManno’s] gifted writing ability combined with her personal insight makes for a riveting read. . . . This is an intimate biography of one of hockey’s most complex individuals. . . . Rosie Dimanno’s Coach: The Pat Burns Story is the best of the best.”

About the Author

ROSIE DIMANNO is a columnist with the Toronto Star, Canada's bestselling newspaper. She has been stirring controversy among her readers for longer than she cares to remember. In the '90s she covered the Toronto Maple Leafs for the paper, which brought her into close contact with Pat Burns. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring May 16 2013
No disrespect to Coach Burns nor his family, but as a reader interested in Pat's life and in biographies of hockey personalities, I found this book to be quite boring. There really wasn't much that kept me reading. I did read it cover to cover, but it was a chore rather than something enjoyable. At times it was just a tediously mechanical account of events. There was no flow, no cohesion.

In terms of hockey personality biographies, I highly recommend Kerry Fraser's "The Final Call" as a much better read. Lots of interesting, original, sometimes humourous, often heartwarming, stories in that book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspirational story Feb. 15 2013
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Great book on Pat Burns life as a coach and the struggles he had with the teams and his battle with cancer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read March 5 2013
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Well written. descriptive. examines and revealed the whole person and both highs and lows, surface and insides of his life and the person.
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