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August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Brian Burke has approached a situation with potential international implications the only way he knows how. Directly. You would not expect anything less from the longtime hockey executive. The former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager returned to the Anaheim Ducks fold last season, signing on as a consultant. Burke was the Ducks GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. He also is director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic hockey team and has strongly criticized Russia's “archaic” anti-gay laws.
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January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.
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December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Apparently two wins over the surging Los Angeles Kings wasn't enough to prevent a management shakeup in Calgary. On a serious note, Jay Feaster's footing and job security in Calgary had been uncertain long before the season started and well in advance of Brian Burke's arrival on Sept. 5 as the team's new president of hockey operations. It took Burke a little more than three months to make the call and he dismissed the team's general manager, Feaster, and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday morning.
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December 16, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The NHL was right to suspend Boston's Shawn Thornton 15 games for his premeditated assault Dec. 7 on Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, though it should have suspended Pittsburgh forward James Neal more than five games for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head in the same game on a play that had nothing to do with hockey, civility or sense. The verdict rendered Saturday on Thornton by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's czar of discipline, triggered predictably partisan reactions and absurd claims that Orpik was to blame because he declined Thornton's invitations to fight.
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March 5, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Toronto may be the self-proclaimed Center of the Hockey Universe, but Anaheim has become the cradle of NHL coaches and executives, a position solidified last week when a former general manager of the Ducks fired a former Ducks coach and hired another former Ducks coach to salvage a sorry season. Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke , who put the final touches on the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team, on Friday fired Ron Wilson — the Ducks' inaugural coach — and brought in Randy Carlyle , who coached Burke's Ducks to the Cup but was dismissed in late November during a season-sabotaging slump.
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May 26, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Hartford Whalers are expected to hire Brian Burke, the Vancouver Canucks' director of hockey operations, as their new general manager.
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April 24, 2008 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
Brian Burke cleared up his immediate future with the Ducks by agreeing Wednesday to remain as executive vice president and general manager through next season while negotiations continue on a contract extension. The move by Burke to serve out the final year of his four-year contract was designed to end rumors that he is in line to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were believed to have him atop their list of candidates.
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April 22, 2008 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
The Ducks are having talks with General Manager Brian Burke about a contract extension amid increasing speculation that the Toronto Maple Leafs have targeted him for the same job in their organization. Michael Schulman, the Ducks' chief executive, would not say whether there have been formal discussions to extend Burke's contract, which runs through next season. The Ducks' bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions ended Sunday. "We talk probably every day," Schulman said.
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May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Brian Burke is out as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Calgary Flames. Burke's contract expires June 30, and the Canucks said Monday it will not be extended. "Brian has played a pivotal role in the improvement and success of the Canucks over the past six years and we appreciate his dedication and contributions," Canuck owner John McCaw said. "He deserves a great deal of credit."
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October 6, 1997 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Despite several glaring problems, NHL vice president in charge of hockey operations Brian Burke declared the two-game series between the Ducks and Vancouver Canucks in Tokyo a rousing success. "It was a great trip," Burke said. "Not good and not OK, but great." Perhaps from a marketing standpoint that was true. And certainly the sellout crowds of more than 10,000 for each game at Yoyogi Arena enjoyed themselves.
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December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Apparently two wins over the surging Los Angeles Kings wasn't enough to prevent a management shakeup in Calgary. On a serious note, Jay Feaster's footing and job security in Calgary had been uncertain long before the season started and well in advance of Brian Burke's arrival on Sept. 5 as the team's new president of hockey operations. It took Burke a little more than three months to make the call and he dismissed the team's general manager, Feaster, and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday morning.
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September 5, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL got a little more truculent Thursday, when former Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was introduced as the Calgary Flames' new director of hockey operations. Bad news, though, for Flames General Manager Jay Feaster, because he must now report to Burke in the team's reconfigured hierarchy. The blunt, fiery Burke was the Ducks' GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007, but he left in November of 2008 to be nearer to his children on the East Coast. He was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs later that month -- a tenure he launched with his famous speech about how the team would become tougher and more truculent -- and kept his position until early this year, when he was ousted shortly before the lockout ended and the shortened season began.
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August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Brian Burke has approached a situation with potential international implications the only way he knows how. Directly. You would not expect anything less from the longtime hockey executive. The former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager returned to the Anaheim Ducks fold last season, signing on as a consultant. Burke was the Ducks GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. He also is director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic hockey team and has strongly criticized Russia's “archaic” anti-gay laws.
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April 12, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Maybe it really is as simple as it sounds. That for the NHL and its players, establishing a partnership with the You Can Play project — which fights homophobia and advocates for the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual athletes in sports — was born of fairness and logic and isn't really a big deal. "In talking to the guys and all the rest of it, I think the basic feeling was this is the right thing to do, so we oughta go do it. And that's the motivation," Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said Thursday.
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February 25, 2013 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Despite winning three straight games and five of their last six, the Kings aren't the NHL's hottest team. They're not even the hottest team in Southern California. The Ducks, who will face the Kings on Monday at Staples Center, have the league's longest active winning streak at six -- all come-from-behind victories -- and have won 10 of 11 to rank second in the NHL with 27 points. But to have both the Kings and Ducks playing well as they meet for the second time this season should make this encounter far more than just another game in February.
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March 5, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Toronto may be the self-proclaimed Center of the Hockey Universe, but Anaheim has become the cradle of NHL coaches and executives, a position solidified last week when a former general manager of the Ducks fired a former Ducks coach and hired another former Ducks coach to salvage a sorry season. Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke , who put the final touches on the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team, on Friday fired Ron Wilson — the Ducks' inaugural coach — and brought in Randy Carlyle , who coached Burke's Ducks to the Cup but was dismissed in late November during a season-sabotaging slump.
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June 12, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Brian Burke, vocal and opinionated, will be hired as the Mighty Ducks' general manager, a source familiar with the negotiations said. Burke, who spent five seasons as the Vancouver Canucks' general manager, will receive a five-year contract at more than $1 million per year, the source said. His hiring is expected to be announced at a June 20 news conference, which will also be used to introduce Henry and Susan Samueli as the team's new owners.
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November 29, 2011 | Helene Elliott
The NHL will be less colorful without Bruce Boudreau, who was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday in the first of two coaching changes made by underachieving teams. Soon after Boudreau was replaced by former Capitals captain Dale Hunter, the Carolina Hurricanes announced they had fired Coach Paul Maurice and hired Kirk Muller, another former player who was an assistant coach in Montreal for five seasons before leaving to coach Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Boudreau won raves when he took over in 2007 and installed a run-and-gun style that enabled Alexander Ovechkin to score a league-leading 65 goals.
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February 24, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The panel of general managers who built the U.S. Olympic team knew what they didn't have at their disposal. They didn't have a game-breaker like Canada's Sidney Crosby or Russia's Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. They didn't even have at their disposal what's considered the best generation of American players, since Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, Doug Weight and their contemporaries have aged or retired. But they made sure they had one asset in ample supply. "One thing we said about this team is that it would play hard," said Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who was an advisor to Team USA General Manager Brian Burke along with Nashville's David Poile, Pittsburgh's Ray Shero, Atlanta's Don Waddell and Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren.
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