58-year-old #BrianBurke is the acting president and general manager for the NHL's Calgary Flames.
Fun fact: Brian Burke is a Harvard educated lawyer.
"You're Brian Burke you can do whatever you want!" - Lean
Brian Burke has his dress shirt monogrammed with his initials but prefers the untied tie look.
"For the women in this group, the talent side (of professional sports) is where the women have yet to make an impact …. and there's no reason for that," says Burke.
Brian Burke to student: "I thought I had a lot of hair, it looks like you have one of those Russian caps on."
Don Meehan won't comment much about a Tod Bertuzzi question if he would legally advise him.
"No one will comment on a case that is this imminent, " says Burke.
"It's been drastically reduced as a tactic, a strategy…. I don't want to see a game without it," says Burke about on-ice fighting in the NHL.
"95% of the players support fighting in the game today," says Meehan.
"I don't think it adds anything to our game, we're better game without it." - Meehan
The questions are getting sticky in here talking about legal issues in sports, particularly the NHL, in relation to player injuries and hazing.
Burke: I had a gay son, I despise bullying.
" I don't even know what a PVR is," says Burke.
Watch what you post online, Brian Burke talks about how people can be found online, the mediums we use can make us accountable and you can be legally served online. How does he know this? He's sued a blogger.
"The law will catch up with the technology….if you write something about me and its outrageous, I'll come find you." - Burke
"No one is more than a photograph away from getting into trouble," says Meehan.
"We tell our players to be careful because alcohol and Twitter DO NOT mix" - Burke
"My view of pro sports is that there is a lot of teams only interested in the photo-op stuff. I'm not interested in that, most of the charity work I do, you won't hear about." -Burke
Brian Burke's 3 Pillars: 1) Play in an entertaining style "I'm not interested in boring hockey" 2) We run it like a business "I'm wasting the fans money if I make a poor decision" 3) Community service "If you play for me, you're going to give back"
"The average player in the NHL has to pay a lot to get there and we are very lucky to have humble athletes." - Burke
"I don't care what anyone says, it's (hockey) the hardest sport" - Burke
Student Question: What did you do in law school that has helped you with your career now?
"Law is a wonderful gift because I can talk to a player about an incident and give him general advice… it gives you better judgement when managing risk," says Meehan.
Meehan went to law school at McGill University.
Why there's not a lot of diversity in hockey: it boils down to an economic issue. "What's facing our sport is were pricing our sport out for a whole generation of Canadian kids."
What a great way to end the speaker series today with special guest Brian Burke and Don Meehan talking about the anti-gay laws in Russia with the upcoming Sochi Olympics ahead. Both Burke and Meehan agree that the Olympics are a place for sportsmanship and not for politics.
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