January 29, 1967 |
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 1985
New Jersey Devils
Sean Burke (born January 29, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings. Burke was born in Windsor, Ontario.
Burke was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He earned national attention from his international play. He backstopped Canada's junior team to a silver medal in the 1986 World Junior Championships and a fourth-place finish for the national men's team at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Burke went from the Olympics to the Devils. He started 11 games for the Devils in the 1987–88 season, including an overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on the final night of the season that qualified the Devils for their first playoff series.
Dubbed a "rookie sensation", Burke helped the Devils go on a playoff roll, defeating the division-leader New York Islanders in the first round in six games and then the Washington Capitals in seven games. Burke was one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in Game 7 of the Wales Conference finals to the Boston Bruins.
Burke's play was widely heralded. The Hockey Digest declared, "Burke is now the franchise for the Devils, and to whatever heights he rises, the Devils will rise with him" and in December 1988 made Burke the first Devil to appear on its cover.
Because he played just 11 games in the 1987–88 regular season, he maintained his rookie status for the next season. The next season, Burke was elected into the NHL All-Star Game.
Burke played for the Devils through the 1990–91 season, and then sat out the 1991–92 season in a contract dispute. Instead, he played for the Canadian national team and played in the Olympics for a second time. This time, he backstopped Canada to a silver medal.
On August 28, 1992, Burke was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Bobby Holík, a second-round pick in 1993 draft (Jay Pandolfo) and future considerations. He played there (and with the relocated Whalers team, the Carolina Hurricanes) for six seasons. He was voted Whalers' team MVP from '93–'97. Burke then played with several teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, and Florida Panthers. He then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, and played there for five seasons, where he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and third finalist for the Hart Trophy in the 2001–02 season.
After that, Burke played for the Philadelphia Flyers (for the second time) recording his 300th career win (the twentieth goalie to reach this milestone), and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay before the 2006–07 season, but was not picked up. He then played for Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons. However, he struggled with the Falcons and lost his starting job to Karri Rämö. He was then placed on waivers by the Lightning and picked up off re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
Burke played in eleven games for the Canadian National team in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. He served as the back-up goaltender in the 1991 Canada Cup, and has also played in 130 games for other Canadian National teams from 1985 through 2003.
In September 2016, he joined the Montreal Canadiens as a professional scout. On July 25, 2017, Burke was announced as the general manager of Canada's men's team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.
Burke and his wife Christy Burke-Williams welcomed their first son Hudson on April 9, 2015. Burke also has a son from a previous relationship Brendan, who is also a goaltender plays for the University of Alberta, and a daughter Andie. He currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife, their son Hudson and Burkes' two stepchildren, Alexis and Jimmy. Burke was arrested in 1997 for domestic abuse of his then wife Leslie Burke in 1997 while with the Vancouver Canucks.
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||St. Michael's Buzzers||MetJHL||25||—||—||—||—||1482||120||0||4.86||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||13||10||1||0||—||688||35||1||3.05||.883||17||9||8||999||57||1||3.42||.889|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||62||22||31||9||—||3590||230||3||3.84||.873||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||52||22||22||6||—||2914||175||0||3.60||.880||2||0||2||125||8||0||3.84||.860|
|1990–91||New Jersey Devils||NHL||35||8||12||8||—||1870||112||0||3.59||.872||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||San Diego Gulls||IHL||7||4||2||1||—||424||17||0||2.41||—||3||0||3||160||13||0||4.88||—|
|2005–06||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||35||14||10||—||4||1713||80||2||2.80||.895||3||0||1||109||7||0||3.85||.877|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||23||6||10||—||5||1310||68||1||3.11||.901||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Jersey purges its demons, Hockey Digest, May, 2003, by Alex Gordon
- Bio on hockeygoalies.com
- "Vote totals for NHL awards". USA Today. June 21, 2002.
- "Goalie Sean Burke announces retirement". CBC News. September 18, 2007.
- NHLPA.com Player Biography – Sean Burke
- NHL.com Players – Sean Burke
- "Sean Burke joins Coyotes front office". CBC News. March 5, 2008.
- "Inside the mind of goalie coach extraordinaire, Sean Burke". Hockey Primetime. August 6, 2013.
- Fontaine, Hugo; Cudzinowski, Matt (July 25, 2017). "Sean Burke named general manager for Team Canada in Pyeongchang". NHL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
The 50-year-old former goaltender joined the Canadiens in September 2016 as a professional scout for the western region.
- Wharnsby, Tim (July 25, 2017). "Canadian men's Olympic hockey management team offers no surprises". CBC Sports. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- "Brendan Burke". Elite Prospects. Retrieved December 12, 2017.