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from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
He hasn’t always been the grizzled face on the draft floor.
Once upon a time, Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke was a fresh-faced rookie tasked with navigating his first National Hockey League draft day.
“My first draft was as assistant GM in Vancouver with Pat Quinn and Pat was in a difficulty with the League because he had coached LA, gone to Vancouver and they suspended him briefly so he wasn’t at the table,” Burke recounted. “It was my first draft and I’m running the draft. There were scouts there who have been doing it 20 years. I was 31 or 32. My previous experience was six years as a lawyer. I’d never been at a draft table before.
“We took Rob Murphy, who worked out pretty well. He played a fair amount for us and a fair amount for Ottawa. He still works for Ottawa. Great kid but I remember being terrified.
"You’re at the table with guys who have been doing this 30 years and you’re trying to say, ‘this is the type of player we want’ and they’re looking at you like, ‘hey, kid, you’re brand new at this. You’re American to boot so shut up and sit there’. It was intimidating.”
continue for Burke's draft history...
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
Burke was in rare Burke form at the fundraiser: Angry, charming, often hilarious, passionate about his fight against homosexual bullying, even suggesting at one point that, if he had the chance, he’d come back and work for the Leafs.
“I would take the job in Toronto again,” he said. “I had no regrets about working here. I loved it.”
As for the Toronto media, well, Burke didn’t actually bring the topic up. Someone asked for his thoughts and Burke, as he often does, held nothing back, suggesting at one point that 95% of the Toronto media are “conscientious, thorough guys.”
“The other 5%,” Burke added, “well, it’s a shame that we’re not allowed to kick the s--- out of them.”
Now, that quote has to be put in some context. Generally speaking, Burke was being funny. Indeed, he had the well-heeled crowd in the palm of his hand for most of the night with his often outrageous and caustic comments, particularly concerning the media. But there was a definite theme to his diatribes.
“It is a death of a thousand cuts,” said Burke when the subject of the Toronto media was raised during a Q&A. “And I loved working here. I thought I had the best job in hockey when I worked here. In Calgary, it’s not a whole lot better in terms of the media coverage. But you have 80% of the media that are ethical people that give a s---, want to get it right. The other 20% ruin it for everybody (he later jumped to the 95/5 formula).
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames announced today they have named Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall as Assistant General Managers. Conroy, Pascall and Senior Vice-President and Assistant General Manager Michael Holditch, will report directly to General Manager Brad Treliving. Additionally, Troy Crowder joins the Flames in player development.
The newest addition to the Flames staff is Brad Pascall who has served as Vice-President of Hockey Operations/National Teams with Hockey Canada since 2010. He brings an abundance of international hockey experience as he has worked in various capacities with Hockey Canada for the past 18 years. He served as Hockey Canada’s Senior Director of Men’s National Teams from 2006 to 2010 and was the Senior Director of Communications from 1998 to 2009.
from Vaessen and Tamara Elliott of Global News,
It’s time for the Calgary Flames to get a new home—at least, according to the team’s president of hockey operations.
While speaking to a sold out crowd at the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning, Brian Burke said a new facility to replace the Saddledome is needed sooner than later.
“It’s embarrassing,” he said, of the aging facility. “There is one building worse than ours…the Islanders.”
from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
“The first analytics system I see that will help us win, I’ll buy it and I’ll pay cash so that no one else can use it,” Burke said. “I’m not a dinosaur on that.”
Burke has been widely regarded as an opponent to the advanced stats wave, which includes the use of measures like Corsi and Fenwick, possession barometers used by measuring the plus/minus of shot attempts.
But he’s been miscast in that role, Burke declared.
“What I think has happened is one quote from the MIT conference has been broadcast all over where I said, ‘statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk -- useful for support but not for illumination’,” he said. “I also think people confuse statistics and arithmetic and mathematics with analytics. Analytics to me are ‘can you take data and do some predictive work that will help me draft or trade better’?
“I haven’t seen a system that comes close to doing that. Statistical analysis about faceoffs and where guys play, we use that all the time. We’ve been using it for 20 years. To me, that’s not analytics. Anyone here that has a system worth buying, we pay cash.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Peter Maher, who served as host of the radio broadcasts the first season the Flames were in Calgary and moved behind the microphone the next campaign, will announce his retirement Tuesday morning.
A news conference has been called for 10 a.m. at the Saddledome.
It’s indeed the end of an era. The hall of fame lauded broadcaster whose other trademark phrase, “You can put it in the win column” was the parting words after every victory, including the 1989 Stanley Cup title run and trips to the Final in both 1986 and 2004.
Through all those years, Maher’s talents while calling games – always ensuring he showed respect to goals scored by opposing teams – made him as much a part of the city’s fabric as the players themselves.
read on and watch one of Maher's signature calls below...
added 1:04pm, The Flames will hold a press conference today at 3:00pm MT.
"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."
-Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames on Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.
Tortorella made a few comments about Bob Hartley last night and you can read all about in a piece from the CP at TSN.
John Tortorella is not very fond of Calgary's head coach Bob Hartley and is upset about the hit on Daniel Sedin...
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