NHL head coach Montreal (1988-1992), Toronto (1992-1996), Boston (1998-2000).
His record was 501-353-151. In the 1988-1989 season, his Canadiens lost the Stanley Cup finals to the Calgary Flames.
He was the first coach to win three Jack Adams Awards as N.H.L.'s top coach one each for Boston, Toronto, and Montreal hockey teams.
He coached the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2003 in his first season as coach. He also coached Montreal Canadiens; the Toronto Maple Leafs; and the Boston Bruins leading them to the Stanley Cup finals.
His last official appearance was in early October 2010 when he attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a hockey arena to be named in his honor in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Line Burns; a daughter, Maureen Burns; a son, Jason Burns; a stepdaughter Stephanie; a stepson, Maxime; and a grandson.
His first full-time coaching job came in 1984 when he coached the Hull Olympiques in the Quebec Junior Hockey League. He later went to the Sherbrooke Canadiens, a minor league affiliate of Montreal.
He was a police officer for the Gatineau, Quebec, Canada for 16-17 years.
Cousin of Robin Burns, a former N.H.L. player.
He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005. In January 2010, the cancer spread to his lungs.
(April 18) Annouced he has colon cancer and will immediately begin treatment, a day after his team, the defending Stanley Cup champions New Jersey Devils, were knocked out of the playoffs. 
Head coach of New Jersey Devils