Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Brian Burke has himself a new gig a completely new gig. The former GM of the Maple Leafs among others is taking a seat on the Board of Directors for Rugby Canada. Yup rugby. Burke returned to the Ducks a team he was general manager for before Toronto in a front-office position after he was fired just before last season began by the Maple Leafs and has remained out of a GM job since. He was also named to the staff for USA Hockey as it prepares for the upcoming Winter Olympics. So he will simultaneously be helping out two countries in different sports that are preparing for the Olympics. It's OK though Burke is a dual-citizen of Canada and the U.S. Plus he does know a little about rugby. From Rugby Canada's release: Following graduation from Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusetts Burke became a National Hockey League (NHL) Player agent before becoming General Manager for the Hartford Whalers Vancouver Canucks Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Burke won a Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks and was the General Manager of the silver-medal winning USA Men's Hockey Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver British Columbia. While few in North America can best Burke's hockey resume his rugby history is impressive and relatively unknown to Canadian media and rugby fans. "Brian has a deep understanding of professional sports in North America and with his successes and contacts across the National Hockey League and beyond we're happy to have him involved with Rugby Canada" said Graham Brown Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Canada.
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