Detroit Red Wings : Shawn Burr

Today the Detroit Red Wings are dealing with the loss of Shawn Burr. Burr passed away on Monday at the age of 47.  The former first round pick of the Red Wings had been battling cancer for about 3 years.

Burr played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 11 years for the Red Wings, from 1984-95. He also played three total seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1995-97, ’99-’00) and two with the San José Sharks (’97-‘99)…He played nine games in his rookie season at age 18 and five games the following season before playing full-time in 1986-87, when he had 47 points (22 goals and 25 assists). Burr had a career-best 56 points (24 goals and 32 assists) in 1988-89. He finished his career with 440 points (181 goals and 259 assists).

I have read and heard that Burr was a great guy, and his former teammates have only had good things to say about him.

If you were in the same room with him, you knew you were going to laugh and you knew it wasn’t going to be quiet,” Draper said. “He was definitely a guy that had a lot to say, talked a lot, had some unreal one-liners. Very quick, very witty. Just a great guy to be around. I probably saw him more in our golf tournaments than I did playing with him. Kris Draper (

He was a funny guy, a nonstop talker, always had a trick to play,” Osgood said. “My first game as a rookie, he put my name upside down on my jersey. He was the guy in the ’90s who kept everybody else relaxed. He did the dirty work for the team on the ice and then kept the guys relaxed in the dressing room. Chris Osgood (

Just full of life,” Nill said. “He was always talking in the dressing room. Character guy. Always had a smile on his face. Just a good man. Jim Nill (

In the dressing room he made us laugh and he made us cry. Keith Gave (

It’s not everyday that a player has such an effect on his teammates. Everyone at is sorry for your loss…


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