Toronto Maple Leafs’ Brian Burke Is an Inspiration

March 17th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
When I found the photo that accompanies this article, I thought, perfect, that has to be exactly how Brian Burke felt when he first took over as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Burke has been a GM in the NHL since the 1992/1993 season and is known in the hockey world as a no nonsense kind of guy.

When I first heard he was coming to Toronto, I must admit, I was not overly enthused.

Brian Burke had won a cup. Okay, lots of GM's have won a cup.

He was also credited with re-building a floundering Vancouver Canucks franchise, not bad, but it has been done.

No, the thing that had been stuck in my mind when I heard that he was coming to Toronto was this on going public feud with Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe. I thought it was childish and that Brian Burke may be little more than a long winded buffoon.

I have changed my mind.

Brian Burke has since cemented his place among one of the best GMs this town has ever seen.

In what has not yet been his first full season as the Toronto Maple Leafs boss, he has managed to completely turn the entire franchise inside out. Taking an aging and essentially ...

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