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Report: Burke out as Team USA Olympic GM

May 23, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

The architect of Team USA’s silver medal-winning team in Vancouver won’t get to go for gold in Sochi.

On Tuesday, Toronto’s Sportsnet Fan 590 host Mike Brady reported that Brian Burke wouldn’t be back to reprise his GM role for the Americans at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Here’s more, from Brady’s Twitter account:

Burke, fired from his post as Toronto GM in January, was praised for the team he constructed for the 2010 games in Vancouver, relying on a younger, albeit largely untested internationally group — many of which were making their senior team debuts.

“It’s going to be a different generation of players that a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t going to be able to recognize,” Burke said at the time. “For some of these guys, it will be their first foray onto the international stage. I think we may have some names that people won’t recognize because we need some sand in the lineup.”

The Americans proceeded to cruise through the opening group stage, posting a perfect 3-0-0 record while outscoring opponents — which included Canada — by a combined 14-5 score.

From there, the Americans defeated Switzerland 2-0 in the quarterfinals and Finland 6-1 in the semis to meet Canada in the gold medal game, which the Canadians won in overtime.


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  1. jpelle82 - May 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    it was a good team and he did a good job of putting it together. i feel bad he couldnt do anything close to that for the toronto fans.

    • budzo83 - May 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      He set the table and Dave Nonis is eating the meal… Remember?

  2. tkovacs2 - May 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Who takes over the reins from Burke? I’d think Ray Shero has to be a front runner along with David Poile?

  3. modellforprez - May 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    RAY SHERO………

  4. esracerx46 - May 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I always found it curious that current NHL GMs can be a national team gm. I didn’t people with authority were allowed to talk to other teams players. Or is it just the NFL that’s uber sensitive to tampering?

  5. budzo83 - May 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I have a hell of a lot of respect for Brian Burke and I think it discredits the work he has done to change the direction of National Team and give them an identity. It would be a mistake to not at least have him on board as an assistant GM.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Wouldn’t it make sense to have a USA GM who works full time in that position?

    • jpelle82 - May 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      not unless it was just one gm for the IIHF U18, U20, Mens and then Olympic team too – that would make sense to have a full time position. olympics isnt a full time gig by itself

  7. jonkchar - May 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    gaaaaaahhhhhhhhh =_=

  8. redgreentape - May 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    He set the table for Nonis? You don’t remember how the table was set for him with the Ducks winning the cup. Only time this blow hard gets anything is when someone else does the work.

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