Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames have announced the hiring of Brian Burke as the team’s president of hockey operations, where he will lead a rebuilding project.
The announcement was made by Flames President and COO Ken King during Thursday’s press conference at Scotiabank Saddledome.
“It’s a very proud day for me to join the Calgary Flames,” Burke said. “It’s great city and great hockey market. I couldn’t be more pleased to be here today.”
During the press conference, Burke emphasized that general manager Jay Feaster’s responsibilities will remain the same.
“I’m not the GM of the Calgary Flames. Jay Feaster is,” Burke said. “We’re both committed to winning. Jay’s got great ability and has made some very important steps in fixing things here.”
Feaster welcomed the addition of Burke to the Flames’ management team.
“To be able to bring in someone who has won a Stanley Cup … it’s a great thing,” Feaster said. “We want his information.”
The current director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Burke recently worked as part-time scout for the Anaheim Ducks.
He will take over a Flames team that went 19-25-4 in 2012-13 under first-year coach Bob Hartley while failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
The Flames traded Jarome Iginla, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, goals and points, to the Pittsburgh Penguins and defensive stalwart Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues.
Burke also spent four years as GM and president of the Toronto Maple Leafs before his dismissal in January. He also served as GM of the Ducks, Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers, and won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim in 2007.