Sean Burke (born January 29, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the current director of goaltending for the Montreal Canadiens. He played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, but grew up in Toronto, Ontario.
January 29, 1967|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
24th overall, 1985|
New Jersey Devils
Burke was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He earned national attention from his international play, backstopping the Canada men's national junior ice hockey team to a silver medal in the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and a fourth-place finish for the men's national team at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Burke transitioned directly from Canada's Olympics national team to the Devils. He started 11 games for the Devils in the 1987–88 season, including an overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on the final night of the season that qualified the Devils for their first Stanley Cup playoff series.
Dubbed a "rookie sensation", Burke helped the Devils go on a strong playoff run, defeating the division-leader New York Islanders in the first round in six games and then the Washington Capitals in seven games. The Devils were one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in Game 7 of the Wales Conference Finals to the Boston Bruins. Burke's play was widely heralded, with The Hockey Digest stating, "Burke is now the franchise for the Devils, and to whatever heights he rises, the Devils will rise with him," and in December 1988, Burke became the first Devil to appear on its cover.
Burke played for the Devils through the 1990–91 season, then sat out the 1991–92 season due to unhappiness. Instead, he played for the Canadian national team and played in the Winter Olympics for a second time, backstopping Canada to a silver medal.
On August 28, 1992, Burke was traded to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Bobby Holík, a second-round pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Jay Pandolfo) and future considerations. He played there (and with the relocated Whalers team, the Carolina Hurricanes) for six seasons. He was voted Whalers' team MVP from 1993 to 1997. Burke then played with several teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. He subsequently signed with the Phoenix Coyotes and played there for five seasons, where he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and third finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy in the 2001–02 season.
After that, Burke played for the Philadelphia Flyers (for the second time) recording his 300th career NHL win (the 20th goaltender to reach this milestone), and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay before the 2006–07 season but was not picked up. He then played for Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. However, he struggled with the Falcons and lost his starting job to Karri Rämö. He was then placed on waivers by the Lightning and picked up off re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
Burke played in 11 games for the Canadian national team in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. He served as the back-up goaltender in the 1991 Canada Cup and has also played in 130 games for other Canadian national teams from 1985 through 2003.
In 2020, Burke was introduced into the IIHF All-Time Canada Team.
In September 2016, Burke joined the Montreal Canadiens as a professional scout. On July 25, 2017, he was announced as the general manager of Canada's men's team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In March 2021, Burke was appointed as the director of goaltending for the Montreal Canadiens.
Burke and his wife Christy gave birth to their first son Hudson on April 9, 2015.
Burke also has a son Brendan and a daughter, Andie.
On November 2, 1997, Burke was arrested for assault of his then-wife Leslie following an alleged altercation at their home. Despite the incident, the Carolina Hurricanes chose not to suspend Burke. In January 1998, Burke was fined $200, sentenced to 18 months probation, and required to complete an educational program on domestic violence after pleading guilty to the assault charge.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1983–84||St. Michael's Buzzers||MetJHL||25||—||—||—||—||1482||120||0||4.86||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||13||10||1||0||—||688||35||1||3.05||.883||17||9||8||999||57||1||3.42||.889|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||62||22||31||9||—||3590||230||3||3.84||.873||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||52||22||22||6||—||2914||175||0||3.60||.880||2||0||2||125||8||0||3.84||.860|
|1990–91||New Jersey Devils||NHL||35||8||12||8||—||1870||112||0||3.59||.872||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||San Diego Gulls||IHL||7||4||2||1||—||424||17||0||2.41||—||3||0||3||160||13||0||4.88||—|
|2005–06||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||35||14||10||—||4||1713||80||2||2.80||.895||3||0||1||109||7||0||3.85||.877|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||23||6||10||—||5||1310||68||1||3.11||.901||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
- Jersey purges its demons, Hockey Digest, May, 2003, by Alex Gordon
- Bio on hockeygoalies.com
- "Vote totals for NHL awards". USA Today. June 21, 2002.
- "Goalie Sean Burke announces retirement". CBC News. September 18, 2007.
- "NHLPA.com Player Biography – Sean Burke". Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
- NHL.com Players – Sean Burke
- "Sean Burke joins Coyotes front office". CBC News. March 5, 2008.
- "Inside the mind of goalie coach extraordinaire, Sean Burke". Hockey Primetime. August 6, 2013. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014.
- Fontaine, Hugo; Cudzinowski, Matt (July 25, 2017). "Sean Burke named general manager for Team Canada in Pyeongchang". NHL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
The 50-year-old former goaltender joined the Canadiens in September 2016 as a professional scout for the western region.
- Wharnsby, Tim (July 25, 2017). "Canadian men's Olympic hockey management team offers no surprises". CBC Sports. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- Jacobs, Jeff (November 6, 1997). "It Seems To Play Out Sadly For Burke". Hartford Courant. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- Vacchiano, Ralph (November 9, 1997). "Burke arrest latest disaster for Hurricanes". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Burke may play despite assault charge". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. D2. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Punishment for Burke". The Washington Post. January 21, 1998. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Goalie Burke Must Attend Domestic-Abuse Program". Los Angeles Times. January 21, 1998. Retrieved March 2, 2018.