Be it as a collegiate player, agent or the architect of a Stanley Cup champion, Brian Burke has made his mark in the game of hockey.
Here's a timeline of his career:
1973-77: Played collegiate hockey for the Providence College Friars under coach Lou Lamoriello, now president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils. Notable teammates included Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson and Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson.
1977: Played seven games for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. One of Burke's teammates? Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Barry Melrose.
1977-78: Captured the AHL's Calder Cup as a member of the Pat Quinn-coached Maine Mariners.
1981: Burke graduated from Harvard Law and began working as a player agent, a position he held for six years.
1987: Burke hired by Quinn as vice-president and director of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks.
1992: Burke became GM of the Hartford Whalers, a position he held for one year.
1993: Burke hired by the NHL as vice-president in charge of player discipline, officiating, proposed rule changes and league involvement in international hockey. He worked under league commissioner Gary Bettman.
1998: Burke became GM of the Canucks. He held the position for six years. Some highlights include:
- Consecutive 100-plus point seasons and a Northwest Division title in 2004.
- Adding several key players, notably forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
- Increasing Vancouver's point total for four consecutive seasons (1999-2003).
- Canucks lead NHL with 254 goals scored in 2001-02.
2004: Burke's contract with the Canucks not extended following a first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
2005: Burke named executive vice-president and GM of the Anaheim Ducks, who beat the Ottawa Senators in five games to win their first Stanley Cup in 2007. Other highlights include:
- Six playoff series wins in two seasons. (No other NHL team has won more than four series over that span.)
- Adding key players, namely Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger.
- Setting franchise records for wins (43), points (98) and goals (251) in 2005-06.
- Reaching Western Conference final in 2006.
- Ducks earn at least one point in each of their first 16 games in 2006-07, an NHL record to begin a season.
- Clinching the Pacific Division in 2006-07.
- Breaking franchise records for wins (48), points (110), goals (254).
June 2008: Burke named GM of Team USA for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Nov. 12, 2008: Bob Murray named GM of the Ducks, replacing Burke.