December 12, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2013 |
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.
August 29, 2013 |
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.
April 12, 2013 |
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.
February 25, 2013 |
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.
March 5, 2012 |
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.