Leafs prepare for Burns' funeral

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

The funeral for former Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns is Monday in Montreal. The Toronto contingent will include Burns’ former general manager and now Leafs’ senior advisor Cliff Fletcher, current president Brian Burke and former captains Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour.

Burns died last week after a long battle with cancer. The funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde. In lieu of flowers, Burns’ family asks that donations be made in his memory to Maison Aube-Lumiére, 220, Rue Kennedy Nord, Sherbrooke, Que. J1E 2E7.

ALFIE WON’T BE BLUE

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has taken the abuse he gets from Leafs fans in his own building with grace.

Though hardcore Ottawa fans think it’s disgraceful that their captain is loudly disparaged at home, Alfredsson told the Ottawa Sun: “We know the situation. We joke in the dressing rom before the game, if we play Montreal or Toronto at home: ‘Let’s take the crowd out of the game early tonight’.

“It’s not a big deal to us. We know how to handle it. If we play well, we win and they’re quiet.”

The Sens went into the game Saturday with a record of 6-5 at home and an overall passive attitude by the crowds are getting part of the blame for the poor numbers.

RIDER PRIDE

It has been a long year for Toronto defenceman Luke Schenn. He suffered through last year’s Grey Cup when his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders lost on the too-many-men call to Montreal and had no one from his home province to commiserate with.

“I’m sure the Saskie boys will be getting together,” Schenn said of gathering Keith Aulie, Tyler Bozak and Colby Armstrong on Sunday for the rematch. “In the past I’ve been watching the game by myself. That was a terrible loss last year and the good thing is that they’re getting their second chance. Hopefully they can bring the Cup back for the people of Saskatchewan.”

LOOSE LEAFS

The Leafs have loaned forward Mikhail Stefanovich to the KHL after he was demoted from the Marlies to Reading of the ECHL ... Winger Mike Brown participated in the morning skate for the Leafs but it wasn’t until after a long afternoon of treatment by the trainers that he was green-lighted for the game. Brown took a shot in a sensitive area of the groin in mid-week and missed Friday’s game in Buffalo. “I’ve been hit there before, but the pain never lingered like that,” Brown said ... Centre Tim Brent was a life-long Leafs fan, but the Cambridge resident never had the chance to join buddies for a road trip to follow the Leafs to Buffalo, Detroit or another NHL city. “We had enough trouble trying to make it down to the Air Canada Centre,” Brent said of the sparse ticket availability. “It would have been cool to go, though.” ... Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was at Scotiabank Place on Saturday morning for a charity press conference and took the opportunity to give a vote of confidence to GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston, whose team had just two more points than the Leafs going into play Saturday ... Clouston called the task of coaching the Sens in the days following the death of assitant coach Luke Richardson’s teenaged daugher “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my career.”


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