So why doesn’t Brian Burke tie his ties? “Sheer laziness” he explained during one interview. Regardless, it is the fashion statement synonymous with one of hockey’s most forthright and passionate executives. Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Edina, Minnesota, his outstanding service to hockey in the United States made him recipient of the Lester Patrick Award in 2008. Burke joined the Calgary Flames on September 5th, 2013 in the newly created role of President of Hockey Operations. When he became interim GM of the Flames in 2013-14 he set the NHL record for holding the GM position for a total of five different teams (Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim, Toronto and Calgary). That included Anaheim’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2007. He also possesses NHL front-office experience where he served as Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for five years. Burke’s devoted much of his time as well to Team USA. He was GM of Team USA’s Silver Medal men’s squad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Throughout his hockey journey, Burke has been a huge proponent of supporting worthwhile causes, including our event during his time with the Maple Leafs (2008-13) and even after his departure. Thank you, Brian!
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