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Pat Burns' belongings stolen from widow's car hours after his funeral

November 30, 2010 | 11:52 am

Burns_300 On the morning after her husband's funeral, the widow of former NHL coach Pat Burns discovered her car had been broken into and some of her husband's belongings had been stolen.

Montreal police said the thieves who broke in to the car of Line Burns hours after her husband's funeral Monday night must have known they were stealing the belongings of the man who coached the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title and also coached in Montreal, Toronto and Boston.

Among the items stolen were about 30 autographed hockey sweaters from Burns' personal collection, two suitcases full of clothes belonging to Burns and his wife, a men's watch and family photos.

“They went through his stuff,” Constable Anie Lemieux of the Montreal police said. “The person who left with the shirts and everything knows that this is Pat Burns' stuff.”

Burns died Nov. 19 at age 58 after battling cancer.

The crime took place between midnight and 9 a.m. Tuesday. A wake was held in a downtown bar Monday night after the funeral, and the Burns family and many friends were in attendance.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Pat Burns in 1989. Credit: Shaney Komulainen / Associated Press