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Shawn Burr has passed away per Bill Roose


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#21 cusimano_brothers

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:45 AM

All I ever had to know about Mr. Burr: when he first joined the Club, Sergei Fedorov roomed with Shawn, who told him the best way to learn how to speak English was to watch cartoons on television. 


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#22 Rick D

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:59 AM

This is terribly sad.

 

My brother has an old Dodge Neon that he bought at an auction from the Detroit News. It has a small "11" behind the front tire on both sides. I have always referred to this car as Shawn Burr.

 

I think this should end the debate about who should wear #11 this season too.... No one.


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#23 MidMichSteve

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:24 AM

Mitch Albom on Shawn Burr

 

 

He had a boy’s face and a boy’s haircut and he lived every minute, but in life, as in hockey, sometimes you don’t get enough minutes. I learned the news an hour ago, and as I sat down to write, I felt like melted ice. 

Stop the laughter. Shawn Burr is gone. He was a light, but that light is out. I know no one lives forever. But this just feels unfair.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:34 AM

Rest in peace, Shawn, and thank you for the contributions you made to the sport of hockey. Prayers for you and your family.


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#25 ACallToArms

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:54 AM

Very sad... battling cancer and then dying like this.  I started watching the Wings right at the end of Burr's time with them, so I don't have many memories watching him play.  Sounds like he was a great guy and a fun team mate.



#26 evilmrt

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

What a shame. He was much loved by many hometown favorites and beyond. RIP

#27 Echolalia

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

This one is especially tough to swallow.  He was good friends with my coach back in high school, and would show up to practice every now and again and lace em up.  I was lucky to be on a line with a kid who never came to practice, so coach would put Shawn Burr on my line, and we would practice three-on-twos, and power plays and whatever else we needed to work on together.  It was so awesome to have Shawn Burr feeding me one-timers, and vice-versa.  He was such a cheerful guy, always complimenting our game and giving us tips whenever we needed it.



#28 LeftWinger

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

didn't Shawn and Dino co-own a minor league team in Sarnia?


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:03 PM

Man this is sad news:( he was a great man and teammate. Redwings website has a very nice video if anyone hasn't seen it yet. Short but sweet. Lots of great memories from his playing days. Another player who I wish was on the team when they won the cup in 97
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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:40 AM

Its a truism in the west that we don't like to speak ill of the dead.  If Gary Bettman died tomorrow, the media would be full of stories of what a great guy he was, how he loved his family, all the charity work he did that no-one knew about.....

 

With Shawn Burr, its very obvious - VERY obvious - that he was a genuinely great guy.  Various forums, news sites, Facebook, are all full of little personal anecdotes like the one Echolalia tells above.  The mother whose murdered son was a friend of his daughter, the beer league team he bought a full set of kit for, his interaction with fans away from the rink. 

 

Shawn Burr was a genuinely larger than life character, a giant-assed goofball with a heart of gold.


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#31 Hockeymom1960

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:00 AM

Praying for his family that they find some peace during this time :(.



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:16 PM

I can just hear Burr now. "You won't believe this one. I beat cancer and then did a swan dive down the stairs. They tell me I croaked from brain swelling, but I keep telling them I don't have any brains!"

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:53 AM

One of my favorite all time wings. The best defensive shutdown center they had in the mid/late 80's. Threw excellent big hits and generally made himself a pain to play against.

 

A lot of heart this man had.

 

A true shame.

 

Rest in peace Shawn







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