Brian Burke has a history in rugby

Former Leafs GM Brian Burke spoke at a press conference on Thursday about being named to the board...

Former Leafs GM Brian Burke spoke at a press conference on Thursday about being named to the board of directors of Rugby Canada. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Toronto Sun)

RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

For his new position on the board of directors of Rugby Canada, Brian Burke draws on the experience of his long and successful career as an executive in the National Hockey League.

Yes, we’re playfully trying to get a rise out of you, Leafs Nation.

So the results may not have been there in Toronto, but he did win a Stanley Cup as the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks and had good stints in Hartford and Vancouver.

But what’s only becoming known now is that Burke has some history with the sport of rugby.

“I played five years in the top league in New England,” Burke said. “And I thought it was a pretty good league until I moved to Vancouver and watched club rugby there. I realized we weren’t that good.”

His career as a tight-head prop came when he was a law student at Harvard University and during his first year as a young lawyer in Boston.


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