Brian Burke on committing to community, being yourself, and working with a new generation


For many a hockey fan, Brian Burke needs no introduction. An outspoken and dedicated lover of the game, Burke has served as general manager for four National Hockey League teams, winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, and was president of hockey operations for another two teams.

Last week, he took the stage at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference to share his perspective on what makes for great leadership, both on and off the ice.

Burke then sat down with our own Shaun Haney to capture some of what he covered in his keynote address. From his three pillars of running a successful hockey team, to the value and importance of volunteering and community involvement, and up to his favourite job so far, Burke shares great insight in to a marathon career.

There’s plenty of hockey-specific talk, too, as Haney asks about some key draft picks and player decisions over the course of Burke’s career, plus Burke shares how he’s so excited for the next chapter in his story: leading the Professional Women’s Hockey League Players’ Association.

Check out the full conversation, below:

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