Pat Burns, the veteran coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
, Montreal Canadiens
, Boston Bruins
and New Jersey Devils
, had a rink named in his honor Friday in Stanstead, Quebec.
Burns, looking gaunt as he battles lung cancer, said he likely will not live to see its completion. The $8.4 million project is slated for completion in 2011.
"I know my life is nearing the end and I accept that," he told a few dozen invited guests at Stanstead College. "I probably won't be here when [the arena] is finished, but I'll be looking down on it."
Burns was forced to leave coaching in 2004 while with New Jersey because of colon cancer. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and opted against treatment.
Burns has 501 career victories and won the Jack Adams
trophy three times, once each with Montreal, Toronto and Boston. His greatest achievement came in 2003 as the Devils won the Stanley Cup.