Brian Burke joins Flames
The Calgary Flames have hired Brian Burke to help with their rebuilding effort as the team's new president of hockey operations, team president and COO Ken King announced Thursday.
"It's a very proud day for me to join the Calgary Flames," Burke said. "It's a great city and great hockey market. I couldn't be more pleased to be here today."
Burke emphasized that Jay Feaster will retain his duties as general manager.
"I know people think I have to be driving the bus, but I'm actually a pretty good teammate, too," said Burke, 58. "We're both committed to winning. ... Jay's got great ability and has made some very important steps in fixing things here."
The Flames are in rebuilding mode after missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
Burke will report directly to King, and Feaster will now report to Burke.
"This is a relatively new structure in professional hockey," he said. "There are two teams in the NHL that have this type of management structure. There are a number of teams in the National Football League that do, a number of teams in Major League Baseball that do and a number of teams in the NBA that do. And it works effectively. And it's going to work here."
Burke, also a member of Rugby Canada's board of directors, had recently been a part-time scout for the Anaheim Ducks. He also is the director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"I think Jay has already taken many steps to rebuild," said Burke, adding that he thought Flames had the best draft of any team in June.
King said the hiring of Burke in the works for many months.
"Both Jay and I feel very strongly that Brian will bring an added dimension of experience, guidance and mentorship that will add greatly to the progress that Jay has already made to improve our team," said King, adding Feaster has been involved in the process from the start.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.