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Security agency returns 12 of 30 autographed jerseys stolen during Pat Burns’ funeral

When it comes to indefensible acts of villainy, there aren’t many things that can top stealing from an aggrieved family during a funeral. That’s exactly what happened during Pat Burns’ funeral, as someone reportedly stole suitcases that contained 30 autographed jerseys from the car of Line Gignac (Burns’ widow) on November 30th.

The jerseys were meant to be sold in a charitable auction, but instead, they were missing in action in a despicable act of theft.

While more than half of the missing jerseys still need to be accounted for, the QMI Agency reports that a security agency returned 12 of the 30 autographed jerseys to Burns’ family.

Let’s hope that the other 18 jerseys resurface so that Burns’ family – and whomever else might have benefited from the auctions – can move on and recover from the great coach’s loss.

Denis Morin, a project manager with the Montreal security company, said it all started with a phone call earlier this week.

“It was a call from someone who’s helped us out before,” Morin said in an interview. “She said she had something to give us and said it was the jerseys signed (for) Pat Burns.”

The woman handed over 12 of 30 missing jerseys a few days later.

“We’re hoping to get all the jerseys,” Morin said. “We hope this visibility, which shows we did indeed return the jerseys, will encourage people to return the rest.”

Pat Burns’ widow robbed after husband’s funeral

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Sometimes there are stories that restore your faith in the human condition and make you feel better about the world we live in.

This is not one of those stories.

Yesterday, former head coach Pat Burns was laid to rest in Montreal following his death due to terminal lung cancer. Over 1,000 people turned out for his funeral to pay respects to the former policeman turned hockey icon. It turns out that some folks don’t know how to be respectful of those in mourning as it was reported today that Burns’ wife, Line, had her car broken into and had items that were set to be sold at auction to benefit Pat Burns’ charity stolen.

Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to his wife, Line, and stole a number of the Burns family’s valuable possessions.

The stolen items included 30 autographed hockey jerseys, jewelry, and the late coach’s wallet.

Every time you think you’ve heard one of the worst stories something else always comes along to top it. Montreal police are asking that whoever stole the items to return them and given that this went down in Montreal, I wouldn’t want to be the guy guilty of robbing the widow of such a highly respected man. Given that the jerseys in particular were set to be sold for charity makes this crime all the more disgusting.

Stealing a dead man’s wallet though? I don’t know how a person can live with themselves after doing such a thing. Here’s to hoping that swift justice can be enacted in Montreal. If you’re looking to help out, the Montreal Gazette has the people to get in contact with to help catch this person.

Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.

The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.

Going “no questions asked” is a good way to make sure the person responsible can save their own neck and from being run out of town.

Hockey greats reflect on Pat Burns’ career during his funeral

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As we discussed earlier today, many prominent hockey people converged in Montreal to celebrate Pat Burn’s life and attend his funeral this afternoon.

The funeral took place at the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, a “scaled down replica of Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome.”

The Canadian Press reports that many hockey greats were on hand, including players who were influenced by Burns during his 1,000+ game career as an NHL career. Commissioner Gary Bettman joined a group that included the entire New Jersey Devils roster and former greats including Raymond Bourque, Patrick Roy, Tie Domi and Luc Robitaille. Front office members who attended the event included Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher.

There was a common theme to the descriptions — that of a man with a booming voice, an equally big heart, and a knack for winning.

“His bark sometimes was a little louder than his bite, but he could actually bark pretty loud. But he could also have the other side, that was understanding and supportive,” said Bourque, the legendary Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenceman.

“He was fun to play for. I really loved him and he was the best defensive coach I’ve ever had.”

Bourque also addressed what many in the hockey world consider a historic slight: “(He’s) a guy that probably should have been in the Hall of Fame this past year and will be in the Hall of Fame someday.”

It’s a shame that if Burns will be inducted, it will be on a posthumous basis. There’s always a large sense of sadness when that happens and the opportunity was there with the 2010 HHOF class.

Ultimately, focusing on that won’t change anything, though. Burns had a fantastic career as a coach, something that the hockey world recognized today.