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Brian Burke speaks his mind about Kings, the draft

Brian Burke and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam at a Safe Schools and and LGBTQ anti-bullying...

Brian Burke and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam at a Safe Schools and and LGBTQ anti-bullying charity fundraiser on June 18, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

Former Toronto Maple Leafs president and GM Brian Burke attended a charity event at the home of Toronto businessman Mike Wilson on Wednesday night in support of a cause very close to his heart, Facing Off against LGBTQ bullying.

And while he spoke passionately about his commitment to the fight against bullying, particularly when the targets are young kids, Burke touched (hammered might be a more appropriate word) on a number of other issues, including his take on the 2014 Stanley Cup final, and what it takes to win in the NHL. Burke, the GM of the 2007 Stanley Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks and now president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, said the New York Rangers, a team that lost 4-1 in the final against Los Angeles earlier this month, just weren’t tough enough to beat the Kings.

“The (Rangers) hit a goal post in every overtime, and I know they were closer than the score (indicated), but the fact is, they weren’t big or ugly enough. That’s my view from watching it. It was like gladiators against civilians,” said Burke. “You have to have a little bit of edge to your game.”


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