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The Life and Times of Brian Burke Part 2


Brian P. Burke was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 30, 1955. He was raised in the affluent southwestern Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota. Historically, Edina was a predominantly Irish farming and milling community comprised of immigrants landing in the Richfield Township during the Potato Famine, between 1845 and 1852. The son of Irish-Catholic parents, Brian grew up with nine brothers and sisters, in a close-knit family where education and accountability were of paramount importance. A commitment made would be a commitment kept. This sense of personal integrity would later become a defi...

The Life and Times of Brian Burke (Part 1)

He arrived in the hockey Mecca of Toronto, Canada in November 2008 to unprecedented fanfare. It was a highly publicized welcome fitting for a tried and true sports icon. An icon known not for a blazing shot or supreme playmaking skills (both painfully absent from the Leaf team he would inherit), but for his uncanny ability to systematically engineer a champion. He came with a proven pedigree, having successfully led his former club to the championship versus the Ottawa senators in 2007, whom the Ducks of Anaheim made quick work of to win the series. 

To become winners, MLSE rationalized, the Leafs needed to start with a winner at the helm, and upon the release of ha...