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Former NHL winger Shawn Burr, 47, passes away

Posted on 6th August 2013 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute | Tags: ,

NHLFormer NHL winger Shawn Burr has passed away. A pro player with the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks, the Sarnia, ON native passed away on Aug. 5, 2013 at age 47.

A standout junior and captain with the Kitchener Rangers, he was the seventh overall draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Then as a minor pro, he won the Calder Cup with the American League’s Adirondack Red Wings. From there, he was up in the NHL for good.

Before he was 25 years old, he had three 20-goal season with the Red Wings. By the time he left the club in 1995, he was a three-time division winner, a one-time Presidents’ Trophy winner (best record during the regular season), and one-time Clarence Campbell Bowl winner (reaching the Stanley Cup final in 1995).

In 1995-96, he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Before his death, Burr battled leukemia for three years.

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