Brian Burke on Vancouver and Calgary brawl: "We all know the Canucks started it"

Dec 19 2017, 9:28 am

It was ten years ago that Brian Burke left the Vancouver Canucks after ownership decided not to renew his contract as the team’s general manager.

These days, he’s the Calgary Flames’ president of hockey operations and the interim general manager after his recent decision to fire Jay Feaster.

While speaking to sports law students during a lecture at the University of Calgary, he took a swipe at his old employer, saying “I’m not happy with the fine that [Flames] coach Hartley received, especially since we all know the Canucks started it.”

Of course, in reality it was Flames right winger Kevin Westgarth who was responsible for starting the fight – he was the first player to take his gloves off while Kevin Bieksa was concentrating on winning the faceoff:

In an official statement over the fine, Burke said, “I am perplexed by this fine. I stand behind Bob Hartley completely in this regard, and remain confident that he acted properly in every aspect of this game.”

Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 while Canucks’ coach John Tortorella received a 15 day suspension running until February 2, meaning the Canucks will play 6 games without their main coach.

On Saturday’s game, Tortorella began with his fourth line head on against the Flames’ fourth line. He was concerned of potential injuries to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as they do not usually fight.

If there is one thing to be taken from this whole incident, it’s that Tortorella really cares about the Canucks and its players.


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