The Calgary Flames have announced that president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, will be stepping back from Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation effective May 1st.
Effective May 1, Brian Burke will be stepping back from Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. https://t.co/0Za8SoR96s
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 27, 2018
Brian Burke Stepping Back From Calgary Flames
Brian Burke has been the president of hockey operations for the Flames since 2013, after five season’s as the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager. Burke made an instant splash with the Flames when he fired then general manager Jay Feaster in Decemebr 2013. Brad Treliving was hired by Burke as the new general manager.
Under Brian Burke’s tenure with the Flames, the team has a 197-178-35 record. The team has also made the playoffs twice, 2015 and 2017. Unfortunately, the Flames were never able to progress past the first round. The move also comes just three days after the Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and replaced him with Bill Peters.
Mutual Parting Of Ways
In a statement from CSEC President and CEO Ken King, the decision for Brian Burke to step back was mutual. King said, “When Brian came to us in September 2013 we discussed a structure and timeline of four to five years for his new role. Each year we review our mandate going forward and determined together that we would move on”.
It was also announced that the hockey operations department will be run by Treliving, vice-president of hockey operations Don Malloney and assistant general managers Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall. The Flames did not state if they were looking for a new president of hockey operations to replace Burke.
The 62-year-old executive has not provided any comment on the announcement. TSN hockey insider Bob Mackenzie reported that Burke was stepping back to pursue new ventures or challenges.
Lots of speculation concerning Brian Burke’s future in CGY and whether he may move on to new ventures/challenges. The principals involved did not respond to inquiries.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 27, 2018
There is no doubt going to be interest in Burke, who has previously served as general manager in Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto. He also was the executive vice president and director of hockey operations for the NHL from 1994 to 1998.