As one of the most experienced, respected and knowledgeable executives in professional hockey, Brian Burke has worked as an analyst for NHL on Sportsnet broadcast, including Hockey Night in Canada, since 2018.
Bringing unparalleled hockey expertise and experience to Sportsnet’s studios, Burke has been integral to the development of several NHL franchises throughout his career, most recently with the Calgary Flames where he worked as the President of Hockey Operations.
Raised in Edina, Minnesota, Burke played Division I hockey with the Providence Friars before graduating in 1977. Burke went on to play in the AHL with the Springfield Indians and the Maine Mariners, where he won the Calder Cup in 1978. Following his time in the AHL, Burke attended Harvard Law School before launching his hockey management career as a player agent. In 1987, Hockey Hall of Fame builder Pat Quinn hired Burke as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Vancouver Canucks. Burke would go on to become the General Manager of the Hartford Whalers in 1992, before joining the NHL Front Office as Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the league.
In 1998, Burke returned to the Vancouver Canucks as General Manager, where he is credited with rebuilding the franchise and drafting future stars, such as Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler. In 2006, Burke was named the General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks, who would go on to win the Stanley Cup in 2007. Following his success with the Ducks, Burke headed to Toronto to become the President and General Manager of the Maple Leafs for five seasons. In 2013, Burke assumed his role with the Calgary Flames, where he would act as President of Hockey Operations for five years before signing on with Sportsnet in 2018.
In addition to his work within the NHL, Burke also acted as the General Manager of the US men’s hockey team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.