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Brian Burke’s side-step move joining Rugby Canada doesn’t mean he’s out of the NHL game for good

Brian Burke made an intriguing lateral move along the road back to running an NHL team in joining Rugby Canada's board of directors, and the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle found that Burke's desire to helm an NHL franchise remains strong, as does his...truculence...

“It doesn’t change my intention to get back at the GM level,” Burke said of his Rugby Canada role. “It doesn’t diminish that urge.”

As for further comparisons between his two favourite sports, Burke had plenty of more substantial ones, calling rugby “a warrior’s game” in which he had sustained most of his personal injuries.

“I think every long-term injury I have came from rugby, not from hockey,” he said, listing his various ailments and operations. “Shoulders and neck. I’ve had both shoulders done. Right knee twice.”

Burke also told the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran that he hopes to give rugby a professional footprint in Canada while working as something of an intern:

“I didn’t do this for money. I wouldn’t do it for money.”

The reason he is doing it is to help rugby grow.

“Anything I can do as far as taking rugby to the next level in this country,” said Burke. “I know about marketing and putting a league on a certain footing and being professional. I hope to add there. It’s a game, we’re playing catch-up with a lot of established sports, with a lot of broadcast sports. It doesn’t diminish the fact we have a product we think can compete with those sports.

“Professional rugby is coming. I’m not going to give you a time frame. It is our goal to get to the point where a player like (veteran) Jamie (Cudmore) doesn’t have to go to France to play, that he’s got a Canadian team that will put him to work.”

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Vladimir16's avatar

“I think every long-term injury I have came from rugby, not from hockey,” he said, listing his various ailments and operations. “Shoulders and neck. I’ve had both shoulders done. Right knee twice.”

Been there. Done that. Hockey and rugby: 2 greatest sports on earth, IMHO

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 08/23/13 at 07:51 AM ET

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