STANSTEAD – The mayor of the town of Stanstead, Philippe Dutil, was pleased to announce today that the NHL and four club members contributed a total of $50,000 towards the construction of the Pat Burns Arena and the creation of a Scholastic Fund.
Thanks to the initiative of Montreal Canadiens President, Pierre Boivin, all four NHL teams coached by Pat Burns during his career accepted to contribute to the fundraising effort. Along with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, the National Hockey League joined their club members in supporting this cause.
“This generous contribution is adding further to the amounts awarded by the various levels of governments last March. We are very pleased with the donations received thus far and look forward to getting started with the construction of the arena soon,” said Mayor Dutil.
The new rink will benefit Stanstead citizens, neighboring communities as well as students registered in the hockey and scholastic program at Stanstead College who will all enjoy the state-of-the art facility in a safe environment.”
"The creation of this scholastic fund and the construction of this arena reflect Pat Burns' enduring commitment to the improvement of his players as competitors and as positive forces in the community", said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "The NHL is indeed pleased to join the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Bruins and Devils in this noble undertaking that will serve future generations of Stanstead students and athletes."
“The NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils all responded promptly and favorably to our call to support this worthy and unifying cause," said Canadiens President Pierre Boivin. "Their unanimous decision to lend a helping hand did not come as a surprise. Pat touched a lot of people wherever he went and still does today, in part because of the courage he is showing in his fight against cancer, and people recognize the determination and character he is known for.”
As a reminder, last March 26, the Federal and Provincial governments announced a $5.3 million contribution to help finance the construction of the arena in this Eastern Township town. The project estimated at $8 million calls for a 350-seat arena to be located in the vicinity of Stanstead College.
Those interested in making a donation can still do so by going on-line at: www.arenapatburns.com.