Drafted 7th overall in 1984 by the Detroit Red Wings, Shawn Burr played 11 of his 16 seasons in the NHL in a Detroit sweater. Three years ago, Burr was diagnosed with myelogenous leukemia. He died on Monday after falling in his home the weekend before.
Burr was a likable man, on and off the ice. Former teammate, and current GM of the Dallas Stars, reminisces, “Character guy. Always had a smile on his face. Just a good man.”
Burr played in 878 career games in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks, as well as the Red Wings. Burr totaled 181 goals, 259, and 440 points, and added 1,069 penalty minutes.
Burr’s likability stemmed to his easy going personality, and knack to never stop talking, which all made him a fan favorite during his time in Detroit. Burr had been serving as the Red Wings Alumni Association president. He founded the Shawn Burr Foundation, which supports blood cancer research.