Hockey fans — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper — greeted an ailing Pat Burns with a standing ovation on Friday, at an event announcing the construction of a new hockey arena in Quebec's Eastern Townships that will carry the award-winning coach's name

Burns, a former NHL coach, has terminal lung cancer.

"I probably won't see the final project," said Burns, who appeared thin and frail. "But I know one thing, is that when I'm looking down, j'espère que je vais regarder et voir un jeune Mario Lemieux ou Wayne Gretzky apparaître (I hope I will see a young Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky appear)."

Hockey fans — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper — greeted an ailing Pat Burns with a standing ovation on Friday, at an event announcing the construction of a new hockey arena in Quebec's Eastern Townships that will carry the award-winning coach's name.

Hockey fans — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper — greeted an ailing Pat Burns with a standing ovation on Friday, at an event announcing the construction of a new hockey arena in Quebec's Eastern Townships that will carry the award-winning coach's name.