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Jim Kelley, a Hall of Fame hockey journalist, recently passed away from cancer.

Kelley, from Buffalo, was a great columnist, someone for many hockey scribes to aspire to.

His second last column was about a conversation he had with Pat Burns. It was very poignant, here is the link:

His last column was a review of the Leafs thus far under Brian Burke…he filed it at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, he died later that day.

Good bye Jim, strength to your family and friends from all of us hockey fans who enjoyed your work.

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It has been awhile since we last posted and as Habs fans we have had a good run from last year’s magical playoff run to our encouraging start this year.

However, the passing of Pat Burns is hard to not acknowledge. Simply put, even as a diehard Habs fan, my respect and admiration for Burns’ career and who he was, runs deep, so deep in fact, that while he coached the Leafs, I actually watched and hoped for the best for him, which meant Leaf success…

The hockey world lost a great man but the loss it experiences does not compare to that of his family and friends.

Thanks coach.

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