Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey

November 30, 2020
Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey

The gruffest man in hockey opens up about thechallenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he's foughtthrough.Brian Burke is one of the biggest hockey personalities—no,personalities full-stop—in the media landscape. His brashness makeshim a magnet for attention, and he does nothing to shy away fromit. Most famous for advocating "pugnacity, truculence,testosterone, and belligerence" during his tenure at the helm ofthe Maple Leafs, Burke has lived and breathed hockey his wholelife. He has been a player, an agent, a league executive, a scout,a Stanley Cup-winning GM, an Olympic GM, and a media analyst. Hehas worked with Pat Quinn, Gary Bettman, and an array of futureHall of Fame players. No one knows the game better, and no onecommands more attention when they open up about it.But there is more to Brian Burke than hockey. He is a graduateof Harvard Law School, and an accomplished businessman withhard-earned lessons that comefrom highly scrutinized decisions madeat the helm of multi-million-dollar companies.And despite his brusque persona on camera and in the boardroom,he is nevertheless a father with a story to tell. He lost hisyoungest son in a car accident, and has had to grapple with thatgrief, even in the glare of the spotlight. Many Canadians andhockey fans knew Brendan Burke's name already, because his fatherhad became one of the country's most outspoken gay-rights advocateswhen Brendan came out in 2009.From someone whose grandmother told him never to start a fight,but never to run from one either, Burke's Law is an unforgettableaccount of old beefs and old friendships, scores settled anddifferences forgiven, and many lessons learned the hard way.