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’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.