The Pat Burns Arena opened in the summer of 2011, with the official opening taking place on September 25, with the participation of local, provincial and federal dignitaries and the Montreal Canadiens Alumni. replica designer handbags | swiss replica watches
Owned by the Town of Stanstead and managed by Stanstead College, the Pat Burns Arena was made possible through the contributions from the federal and provincial governments.
The Pat Burns Arena includes a state-of-the-art NHL-size ice surface, meeting and conference rooms, weight and physiotherapy facilities (coming soon) and a restaurant.
To book ice time, contact Marc Parent at (819) 876-2371 or email@example.com.
About Pat Burns
Born in Montreal, Pat Burns’ coaching career began with the QMJHL Hull Olympiques from 1984 to 1987, but it was getting his stint as head coach of the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League in 1987 that brought him to the Townships. Though his career quickly took off – the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup-winning New Jersey Devils – the Townships remained a place that he called home.
"I got to know a lot of people in Stanstead. When I was with the Canadiens, some people asked me if I would be a part of the Stanstead Muscular Dystrophy Softball Tournament," Pat recalled. "I did that for a few years. I'd come out and throw th efirst pitch, sign autographs, talk to fans. I feel it's important to give back to the community when you can."
Pat’s other charity work in the region included acting as spokesman and honorary chairman of Aube-Lumière, a hospice for terminal cancer patients in Sherbrooke.
Sadly, it was this very disease that caught up to Pat, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004, liver cancer in 2005, and in early 2009, inoperable lung cancer.
In March 2010, Pat travelled to Stanstead to join Prime Minister Stephen Harper in announcing federal and provincial funding for the arena that would bear his name. Despite his serious illness,Pat returned to Stanstead in early October to participate in the official groundbreaking ceremony.Sadly, Pat died on November 19, 2010.
At his Hockey Hall of Fame induction in November 2009, Luc Robitaille singled out Pat, his first coach with the Hull Olympiques. “You taught us how to be men and to fight, and I know you’re fighting too. We’re all with you. Thank you for your friendship and for teaching me to be a man.” The mention touched Pat deeply.
“That’s what it’s all about: teaching these young kids to be disciplined and to be good citizens. You’re creating pride in your community and in yourself.”, he said.
Through the construction of the Pat Burns Arena, we will honour Pat and recongnize him for his contributions to hockey, for his great charity work and for his love of the game.
If the campaign raises over the required $3 million, the additional funds will be used to establish the Pat Burns Scholarship Fund. This fund will support local athletes with their education and training.