Burke warns against 'Classic' hopes

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

BOSTON -- Brian Burke cautions Torontonians from becoming too excited about landing a Winter Classic event in the near future.

At the same time, the Maple Leafs GM is hungrier than ever to land an outdoor game for the city after being blown away by yesterday's spectacular event at Fenway Park.

"It was so cool, so cool," said Burke, a native New Englander. "Our sport often plays off-Broadway. Today, our sport was on Broadway.

"As I looked around today, all I could think about is bringing one of these games to Toronto. That's all I could think about.

"A couple of nights ago, I got to skate here under the lights. It doesn't get any cooler than that."

STUMBLING BLOCK

Finding a suitable venue remains a stumbling block for a Toronto bid, however.

A high-ranking NHL source told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday that BMO Field likely would not have enough seats to satisfy their wishes, even if the 20,000 capacity was expanded by several thousand.

"We've heard that," Burke said. "That's why I tell our fans not to get too enthused about this. But we still feel the strength of BMO exists in the facilities around the stadium to hold (fanfests), exhibits, even providing places for fans to go if it gets too cold."

Burke was asked if the Rogers Centre would be a better option. The NHL certainly considers it a more desirable stage than BMO Field.

"It is our understanding that the roof is closed during winter months and cannot be opened," Burke said.


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