Former Leafs GM Burke to oversee Rugby Canada

Former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is working the Rugby Canada.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is working the Rugby Canada.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

Another Canadian team has landed Brian Burke.

Rugby Canada announced the former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager as the newest appointee to its Board of Directors on Tuesday.

“I am excited and honoured to join Rugby Canada’s Board of Directors and to help grow the game of rugby in Canada,” Burke said.

Currently working as a scout for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, Burke’s rugby resume is more extensive than some might think.

His time around the game goes back to when he attended Harvard while pursuing a law degree at the Ivy League institution.

“When I was at Harvard in my first year of my law degree I used to walk by the rugby field and I asked around if I could join this exciting game and started shortly after,” Burke said earlier this year.

“I played five years in New England and I thought that was good competition until I moved to Vancouver and saw club rugby in BC and how good it was.”

Burke’s duties as a board member include overseeing all aspects of Rugby Canada in the buildup to the men’s and women’s rugby World Cups and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Brian has a deep understanding of professional sports in North America and, with his successes and contacts across the National Hockey League and beyond, we’re happy to have him involved with Rugby Canada,” said Graham Brown, CEO of Rugby Canada.

 


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