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Friday, June 17, 2005
Deal expected to close Monday

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli and their management team at a news conference Monday at Anaheim Arena.

Expected to lead the way in the general manager's position is Brian Burke as the successor to Al Coates, who served as interim GM for the past year.

The purchase of the Mighty Ducks by the Samuelis from the Walt Disney Co. was unanimously approved Thursday by the NHL's Board of Governors and is expected to close early Monday.

Burke's contract as the Vancouver Canucks' president and GM wasn't renewed following the 2003-04 season. Burke played a significant role in the team's improvement and success over the previous six years.

Burke, 49, first joined the Canucks in 1987 when he was hired as vice president and director of hockey operations. He left in 1992 to become GM of the Hartford Whalers.

Burke joined the NHL front office in 1993 as senior vice president and director of hockey operations and spent five years with the league.

Coates succeeded Bryan Murray as the Ducks' general manager. Murray left to become coach of the Ottawa Senators but hasn't coached a game yet because the past season was canceled because of a labor dispute.

The sale of the Mighty Ducks for a reported $75 million was announced Feb. 25 and includes Disney Ice, the team's practice facility. Samueli is co-founder, chairman of the board and chief technical officer of Broadcom Corp.

Although the Ducks were Western Conference champions and went to the Stanley Cup finals during the 2002-03 season, Disney had them on the market for years. They didn't qualify for the playoffs in the 2003-04 campaign.