The gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he's fought through.
BRIAN BURKE is an American-Canadian ice hockey analyst for Rogers Media broadcasts. Burke has served as a ice hockey executive, most recently as the president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames. He has served as the president and general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as the general manager for the Anaheim Ducks (winning the Stanley Cup with the team in 2007), the Vancouver Canucks, and the Hartford Whalers. Burke was the general manager for the United States national men's ice hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and is a member of Rugby Canada's board of directors.
"Brian Burke is first and foremost a father and community activist.
He's also a brilliant storyteller who's led an extraordinary life.
You'll enjoy this book!"
-Rick Mercer, bestselling author and host of The Mercer Report
"'Truculent' doesn't begin to describe my friend Brian Burke. He brings that and hard-boiled honesty to every aspect of his life-including his friendships. But if you can't take his truculence as a friend, you definitely wouldn't want him as an enemy. The most belligerent and entertaining book you'll read this year."
-Mike Milbury, former NHL player, coach, GM, and broadcaster
"If you've only ever heard Brian Burke talking at a press conference, you probably think he's a gruff, old-school hockey hardass who could care less about other people. You would be only half-right. I have known Brian since he was getting into the agenting business, and I can tell you he will never take a step backwards if he thinks he's right. But he's also a big teddy bear. If he gives you his word, you can take it to the bank, and you have to respect someone who believes in equality the way he does. Brian is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. This book may help some of us figure him out."
-Glen Sather, former NHL player, Stanley Cup-winning coach, and GM of the Edmonton Oilers
"Burke's Law will open and change minds. It is packed with warmth and grudges-[Burke] names names-and little known stories from his past. . . . Along with that, the book is also a study in human frailty."
-The Globe and Mail
"Hockey fans will speed read through Burke's Law because it has incredible insight to a life dedicated to hockey and family. We did because we have the privilege of ensuring Brendan Burke's legacy lives on daily. This is a must read for every sports fan!"
-You Can Play, via Twitter