HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ John Brophy, the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, remained in critical condition Monday after a pre-dawn car crash.

The 66-year-old coach underwent surgery Sunday, said Cheryl Lowe, a spokeswoman for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

She said she was seeking permission from his family to release more information about his condition.

Brophy lost control of his car about an hour before sunrise near New Glasgow, about 100 miles from Halifax. He was the only one in the car.

Police said they think the car struck a culvert at a crossroad. Weather and road conditions were ideal at the time.

Brophy is now coach of the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League.

General manager Allan MacIsaac said his coach was heading for Halifax International Airport when the accident happened.

``He's a strong man, strong-willed and he takes very good care of himself,'' MacIsaac said. ``Our prayers are with him and his family.''

Brophy coached the American Hockey League's Nova Scotia Voyageurs from 1982 to 1984 and was hired to coach the Maple Leafs in 1986.

He was fired in his third season behind the Toronto bench and later joined the Admirals, whom he guided to three league titles.