Brian Burke Joins CWHL Board of Directors
saturday december 21, 2013
Photo Courtesy of CWHL
Commissioner Brenda Andress, Brian Burke and CWHL Board Chair Brad Morris at the 2013 CWHL Awards Gala
Mississauga, Ont. – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Burke as its newest board member.
Currently president of hockey operations for the NHL’s Calgary Flames, Burke brings more than 25 years of hockey executive knowledge and insight to the CWHL. Friday’s announcement follows the recent CWHL board appointment of Trina Crosby – another high-profile voice dedicated to growing women’s professional hockey.
Involved since 2011, Burke was an early supporter of the CWHL and has provided counsel and guidance on building a strong foundation for the league. His involvement in community initiatives is well-known and along with the CWHL, he has been a vocal supporter of You Can Play, an organization dedicated to providing a means for athletes, coaches and fans to stand up and create an atmosphere of inclusion regardless of sexual orientation.
“Creating a league in which women can one day make a living playing the game they love is a dream I share with the CWHL, and one the Calgary Flames totally support,” Burke said. “Women’s professional hockey is an incredibly high-skilled, high-paced game, and I believe it plays a vital role in helping to inspire and attract young female athletes to this wonderful sport.”
Established in 2007, the CWHL is made up of five teams: the Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno, Montreal Stars and Toronto Furies. All teams play a 60-game season and qualify to play for the Clarkson Cup, which is the women’s hockey equivalent of the NHL’s Stanley Cup.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian, and from day one he’s been a strong advocate for this league,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. “We’re coming off a record-breaking season and Brian’s ongoing involvement in our league will go a long way in ensuring we continue to grow and prosper.”
In addition to Crosby, Burke joins an impressive list of CWHL board members, including recently appointed U.S. Olympic delegation member Caitlin Cahow, as well as CBC hockey analyst and Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna Cassie Campbell-Pascall.