Brian Burke to be keynote speaker at reception

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The Weeks Crushers Jr A Hockey Club, in partnership with the Pictou County Wellness Centre, are bringing one of hockey’s biggest personalities to town.

Brian Burke will be the keynote speaker for a reception and dinner on September 18. As part of the evening, the Crushers will unveil their team captains for the 2018/19 season.

Most recently working with Sportsnet during their coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Burke carried many roles in the hockey world, he has been the president of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames, he has also served as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks (winning the Stanley Cup in 2007), the Vancouver Canucks, and the Hartford Whalers. He was also the general manger of the US Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

As a player, Burke played Division I Hockey for Providence College under head coach Lou Lamoriello and was team captain in his senior year. In 1977, Burke played seven games with the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. He then proceeded to play one full year in the AHL with the Maine Mariners, who won the AHL Calder Cup championship that year. After one year in the AHL, Burke attended Harvard Law School.

“We were looking to do something unique with regards to announcing our leadership group for the upcoming season” says Crushers GM Chad McDavid. “Brian has held many leadership roles throughout his career and we’re excited to have him come to Pictou County.”

The event titled, An Evening with Brian Burke, Leadership in Business & Hockey, will feature a cocktail hour and dinner before Burke takes the stage to deliver a keynote speech which will end with a live Q & A with the former NHL GM.

“Brian’s resume is suited for both hockey enthusiasts and the business community alike” says Jennie Greencorn, customer engagement & special events manager at the Wellness Centre. “We look forward to partnering with the Weeks Hockey Organization to host such a great event.”

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