Brian Burke is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February of 2007 to assist USA Hockey with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
For the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, Burke served as the director of player personnel. Burke was the general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that advanced to the gold-medal game in Vancouver, B.C. The U.S. settled for the silver medal after falling to heavily favored Canada in overtime of the title game.
In 2013, Burke helped assemble the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. It was just the third medal for the U.S. in the world championship since 1962.
In addition, Burke has served as general manager for the U.S. Men’s National Team on three occasions, including the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany, as well as the 2009 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Bern and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland, and the 1993 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Munich and Dortmund, Germany.
Burke has been president of hockey operations for the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames since September 2013. He has also served as acting general manager. Immediately prior, he was a professional scout for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
From November 2008 to January 2013 Burke was the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also served as senior advisor to the Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Enterprise Board of Governors.
Burke spent three seasons (2005-08) as the executive vice president and general manager of the Anaheim Ducks, leading the club to its first Stanley Cup in 2007, the first for a team from California. Additionally, the Ducks made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the three campaigns Burke spent with the organization.
Burke had a six-year stint (1998-2004) as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, revitalizing the team and community en route to consecutive 100+ point seasons and a Northwest Division title in 2003-04. Under his leadership, the team increased its point total four consecutive years from 1999-2003. Over his last four years with the team, Burke engineered consecutive seasons of at least 90 points. For his efforts, Burke was named by The Sporting News as NHL Executive of the Year in 2001.
Prior to joining the Canucks organization, Burke worked in the NHL front office as senior vice president and director of hockey operations from 1993-98. While at the league office, he served as the chief disciplinarian, ruling on violations of on-ice player conduct. He worked closely with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on league direction, including collective bargaining matters.
Burke played college hockey at Providence College and served as team captain under coach Lou Lamoriello his senior season in 1976-77.
Born in Providence, R.I., and raised in Edina, Minn., Burke was honored with the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2008 for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Burke has six children, including Katie, Patrick, Brendan, Molly, Mairin and Gracie.