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“My Dad Hates Losing”- Katie Burke

As Brian Burke prepared to mark his 1,000th game as a general manager in the National Hockey League this weekend, his daughter Katie Burke wrote to The Globe and Mail in response to media columnist Bruce Dowbiggin’s article on Friday. Dowbiggin reported a debate as to whether the media in Toronto is holding back criticism of the Maple Leafs General Manager out of sympathy, as Brian Burke continues to grieve the loss of his son Brendan in a car accident last year.

As Brian’s oldest daughter, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the assumptions made in the ongoing conversation within the Toronto media:

First and foremost, my dad hates losing. Hates it. He hates losing at Scrabble, he hates losing a bet, and he really hates losing hockey games.

Growing up, the first thing you told any friend who attended a hockey game with you was that if the team lost, they would be well advised not to speak to my dad after the game. I can guarantee you that there is nothing the media could write or say about the Leafs’ performance that my dad hasn’t thought himself, and no one is more critical of his own work than my father.


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And yet he went to work for the Leafs…

Posted by Shane on 11/20/10 at 04:07 PM ET

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Really?  Your response to this is a sarcastic comment?

Posted by mmuskrat on 11/20/10 at 04:43 PM ET


Oh shoot, I primarily read the headline, i didn’t realize it had anything to do with losing his son.

Sorry folks. No harm intended, just thought it was a chance to poke fun at the Leafs.

Posted by Shane on 11/20/10 at 05:28 PM ET

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