NHL: Ex-Detroit Red Wing Shawn Burr Dies at 47

Former Detroit Red Wings left wing Shawn Burr passed away on Monday at the age of 47.

Aug 6 2013, 6:55am CDT | by

NHL: Ex-Detroit Red Wing Shawn Burr Dies at 47
Photo Credit: www.usatoday.com

Former Detroit Red Wing Shawn Burr has passed away at the age of 47.

Dave Goetze, who runs the Shawn Burr Foundation, said Burr, who has battled cancer in recent years, died at 7 p.m. on Monday after he fell down the stairs at his home which resulted in massive brain trauma. He was eventually taken off life support after he had little chance of surviving, per the Detroit Free Press

Burr was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February 2011. He underwent chemotherapy to treat the disease and then had a bone marrow transplant

He was elected as Red Wings Alumni Association president in 2007. His foundation focused its efforts on raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and raising awareness of the disease's diagnosis, according to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports. 

Chris Osgood, Burr's former teammate, says he was an outspoken and funny individual.

"He was a funny guy, a nonstop talker, always had a trick play. 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." 

Jennifer Hammond of My Fox Detroit has her own account of what a great guy Burr was. 

"That was the greatest gift of this jovial, kid at heart called 'Bursie.' He made everyone feel like they were his best friend. Always cracking jokes, he was one of the most self-depreciating and enchanting people I've ever covered, let alone meet.

"My fondest memory will forever be the time I spent several early mornings at the Burr home as he cooked breakfast for his kids and shuttled them to school several years ago."

 

Burr was a left wing who was chosen seventh overall by the Red Wings in the 1984 NHL Draft. Aside from the Red Wings, he also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning in his 16-year professional career which saw him scoring 181 goals and dishing out 249 assists. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian bowlers in fine form in second practice match
Adelaide, Dec 4 (IANS) Pacer Varun Aaron powered India's bowling charge, picking four wickets here Thursday, to bowl out Cricket Australia XI for 243 runs in Day 1 of their final two-day tour game before the four-Test series against Australia.
 
 
Aguero to 'try and convince' Messi to join City
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Manchester City star forward Sergio Aguero has vowed to try and persuade Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi into signing with the English football club.
 
 
Harris raring to make a comeback from injury
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris Thursday said he is both physically and mentally fit to make a comeback to the national squad, to play the first Commonwealth Bank Test against India starting Dec 9.
 
 
European golfing duo target Thailand meet
Chonburi (Thailand), Dec 4 (IANS) Two of Europe's most consistent performers will be looking to end 2014 with a bang at the Thailand Golf Championship which takes place at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club Dec 11-14.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
 
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
 
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla