Fiery Brian Burke pulls no punches on Toronto media

From left: Former Leafs GM Brian Burke, current Leafs GM Dave Nonis and Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf...

From left: Former Leafs GM Brian Burke, current Leafs GM Dave Nonis and Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf speak and share a laugh during a charity event on Wednesday night. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

The old lion may have been forced out of his former hunting grounds, but he still comes by from time to time to roar and scrap and let everyone know that he’s still mean and ornery and won’t take any crap.

That’s Brian Burke.

Or at least, that was Brian Burke on Wednesday night at a charity fundraiser at the midtown home of Toronto businessman Mike Wilson, who put his amazing collection of Toronto Maple Leafs paraphernalia on display in support of the Canadian Safe School Network and the fight against LGBTQ bullying, a cause very close to Burke’s heart.

Burke, who was fired in January 2013 by the Leafs and subsequently hired as the president of hockey operations of the Calgary Flames, was front and centre at a roundtable discussion at Wilson’s home, and let it be known that since he left this market (though he still maintains a home in T.O.) he has not softened a bit, particularly on his thoughts toward the Toronto media.


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