Pat Burns Arena opens in Quebec

Updated: September 25, 2011, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

STANSTEAD, Quebec -- Pat Burns Arena officially has opened just 10 months after the former NHL coaching great died.

Burns' widow, Line, was joined at Saturday's ceremony by some of her late husband's old hockey friends, including former coach Jacques Demers and former players Henri Richard, Guy Carbonneau and Patrice Brisebois.

The three-time NHL coach of the year died Nov. 19, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.

Burns didn't expect to live until the opening of the arena, but said last year that hoped he could look down and "see a young Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux."

The arena was built on the campus of Stanstead College and will be used by the school and residents in the Quebec-Vermont border region.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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