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...
After letting Raffi Torres and Christian Ehrhoff, two guys the Canucks wanted back, walk to other teams because of salary disputes, the Vancouver Canucks haven't exactly added significant pieces to replace them. You could argue that Marco Sturm, a vetern banger and crasher who has had nine career 20 goal seasons is the replacement for Torres, but with braces on both knees going into next season, is he really dependable for 82 games?
As for Ehrhoff there has been nada to replace him so far. Sami Salo reupped with the nucks for one year, but same deal as Sturm; Salo is made of glass. Can we expect 82 games from him, plus the long playoff run this team is hoping for?
Minutes after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final, rioting erupted in the downtown core.
Mindless morons, immature punks patrolled the streets, lighting cars on fire, breaking store windows and attacking fellow pedestrians. There were an estimated one hundred and fifty thousand people watching the game from the streets, and the police obviously had no way of containing them.
This is my short open letter to the idiots that felt like the loss of a Stanley Cup meant rioting.
After celebrating the Gold Medal one short year ago, the city of Vancouver had never looked better on a world stage. People from far and wide were raving about the city, it was a must see destination. In one sho...
"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud."
The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 39 years. The Vancouver Canucks remain cupless for a 41st straight year, after the Bruins won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-0.
The Canucks blew a 2-0 series lead. They blew a 3-2 series lead. At the end of the day, however, you really got the sense that the best team won the cup. When Boston won games, they were resounding victories. When the Canucks won games, they were squeakers often decided in the third period or later.
Perhaps it was the hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 that inspired the Bruins. Perhaps it was the fact that Roberto Luongo couldn'...
Yikes. Yikes to Roberto Luongo's play. Yikes to the penalty kill. Yikes to the powerplay. Yikes to the fact that Mason Raymond probably won't play again this series. Yikes that Dan Hamhuis is also on that list. Yikes that the Sedins and Ryan Kesler have disappeared.
Thank God that Game 7 in Vancouver.
The Canucks produced yet another stinker in the Garden, losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game six. The loss means that there will in fact be a decisive Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night.
The Canucks actually played a very solid opening twenty minutes. They got good scoring chances on Bruins netminder Tim Thomas, and played a hard forcheck, banging bodies type of game. Then the ...
Hear that loud creaking sound? That's the sound of everyone jumping back on the bandwagon.
The Vancouver Canucks proved that they indeed do deserve to be in the final with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
With the win, the Canucks took a 3-2 series lead, something never before done in franchise history, with the pivotal Game six getting going on Monday night.
It wasn't hard to find an MVP for this game. Coming off two poor performances in Boston, goaltender Roberto Luongo found his game in a big, big way and got his fifth career playoff shutout with a miraculous 31 save night.
Luongo was huge, the reason the Canucks won this game. He outplayed Tim Thom...
It’s not time to panic-yet.
However, after a 4 to 0 loss for the Canucks, beads of sweat are starting to form at the foreheads of Canuck fans everywhere. It’s not that the Canucks played badly in Game 4, it’s that they peppered Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas with 37 shots with minimal results.
It’s that Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin are clearly playing injured, taking out the Canucks best two offensive threats. It’s that Roberto Luongo had his second poor outing in a row, and Thomas is outplaying him badly. It’s that their once vaunted powerplay is suddenly shooting blanks, while the Bruins once dismal powerplay is suddenly on fire. It’s that their best offensive defenceman...
The Vancouver Canucks went into game three against the Boston Bruins Monday night with a huge amount of optimism after winning the first two games of the series on home ice. Canuck fans all across Canada had their hopes set on their team stepping up in Beantown and finishing off this series fairly quickly. But, when the final buzzer had sounded, that optimism was nowhere in sight, the Bruins had cracked this series wide open with a 8-1 destruction of the Vancouver Canucks.
The win, for many Bruins fans was overshadowed by the injury to our own Nathan Horton. Horton single handily helped push us through many games in the playoffs, scoring clutch goals, and coming up big when he was calle...
I'm not sure if I even have words to describe this game. Sounds, maybe. Not words. Sounds like, COMEONAREYOUKIDDINGME, OR UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. But I digress.
The Vancouver Canucks were destroyed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 Monday night, in an emotionally charged game that saw Boston forward Nathan Horton leave on a stretcher.
The first period was scoreless, but about five minutes in, Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome laid a head shot on Horton, who's head bounced hard off the ice. He appeared to be knocked out for a second, then laid on the ice for several minutes. He eventually was taken to hospital and was said to be able to move his extremities.
Quick rant: What the hell was Rome thinking? Y...
Alex Burrows may just have willed himself into Conn Smythe consideration. The pesky winger, who has come under scrutiny in the hockey world for his nibble on the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, had two goals, including the overtime winner as the Canucks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.
It won't go down as the Canucks prettiest game, but it had all the elements of a classic. Lead changes, pretty goals, outstanding goaltending, and bone crunching hits highlighted a spirited affair that saw the two teams combine for 63 shots.
It started with Alex Burrows whipping a shot on the powerplay from the left faceoff dot, which found a hole under Bruins goaltender T...