Pat Burns Arena unveiled in Stanstead
STANSTEAD, Quebec - A new arena was unveiled Sunday in Staanstead bearing the name of legendary coach Pat Burns
It was an emotional time for those who knew and loved the three-times coach of the year and Stanley Cup winner who died of cancer last year.
"He was a tough police officer, tough NHL coach, but he'd have a few tears today," said fellow former Habs coach Sen. Jacques Demers.
Burns was still alive when construction started on the arena that he knew would be bearing his name.
"I probably won't see the ending of this project," said Burns at the time.
However his widow was there to see it through.
"It's an emotional day for me today," said Line Burns. "He was so involved with young kids and had the wellness of kids at heart. It's a good day."
Robin Burns, cousin of the Pat Burns said that that the gruff coach was watching on from above.
"The last time I saw him alive he said, 'enjoy yourself and I'll be looking down.' Today I know he is. What a proud moment," said Robin Burns.
Stanstead Mayor Philllipe Dutil said the arena will host hockey camps, games, figure skating and a New Years' Eve bash with 800 people.
Burns once said he'd like to see a kid get to the top from this rink.
"Now the building is there, we just need the players," said former Habs' coach Guy Carbonneau who also participated in the alumnae game Sunday.