Burke always prepared for big moments

Brian Burke, president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, speaks with the media December...

Brian Burke, president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, speaks with the media December 12, 2013. (Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

His hair was not in disarray because Brian Burke chose not to brush it or bother to get it trimmed.

It was all over the place — a popular subject on radio and Twitter — because that was the image Burke wanted to portray.

Burke is nothing if not prepared. He often works out his press conferences lines prior to having his press conferences. He writes down catch-phrases and memorizes them. Like an actor, he chooses his motivation, sets the mood and then determines what look he will display to the public he so often owns.

The look at the firing of GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod in Calgary was that of a man who had rolled up his sleeves, a touch wild-eyed, having slept little and who hadn’t bothered to groom his lengthy mop. It was all part of a way of demonstrating how much he had put in to the decision to take over the Flames in earnest.


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