|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
209 lb (95 kg)
St. Michael's Buzzers
New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
San Diego Gulls
|World Championships||1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2017|
|Coaching||1996-2014 Phoenix Coyotes|
2014-2016 Arizona Coyotes
2016 Team Europe
2016-present Montréal Canadiens
2016-present Canadian National Team
|Born||January 29, 1967,|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 1985|
New Jersey Devils
2005 – 2007
Sean Burke (born January 29, 1967 in Windsor, Ontario) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltende. Currently, he is a GM of the Canadian National Team on the Spengler Cup and a scout and team consultant of the Montréal Canadiens of the NHL.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Sean Burke was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He earned national attention from his international play. He backstopped Canada's junior team to a silver medal in the 1986 World Junior Championships and a fourth-place finish for the national men's team at the 1988 Olympics.
Burke went from the Olympics to the Devils. He started 11 games for the Devils in the 1987–88 NHL season, including an overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on the final night of the season that qualified the Devils for their first playoff series.
Dubbed a "rookie sensation", Burke helped the Devils go on a playoff roll, defeating the division-leader New York Islanders in the first round in six games and then the Washington Capitals in seven games. Burke was one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in Game 7 of the Wales Conference finals to the Boston Bruins.
Because he played just 11 games in the 1987–88 regular season, he maintained his rookie status for the next season. The next season, Burke was elected into the NHL All-Star Game, becoming the first rookie goaltender to play in the All-Star game.
Burke played for the Devils through the 1990–91 NHL season, and then sat out the 1991–92 season in a contract dispute. Instead, he played for the Canadian national team and played in the 1992 Olympics. This time, he backstopped Canada to a silver medal.
On August 28, 1992, Burke was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Bobby Holik, a second-round pick in 1993 draft (Jay Pandolfo) and future considerations. He played there (and with the relocated Whalers team, the Carolina Hurricanes) for six seasons. Was voted Whalers' team MVP from '93–'97. Burke then played with several teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, and Florida Panthers. He then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, and played there for five seasons, being a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in the 2001–02 season. After that, Burke played for the Philadelphia Flyers (for the second time) recording his 300th career win (the twentieth goalie to reach this milestone), and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In February 1998, Burke pleaded guilty to beating his wife on November 2 and was ordered to complete a domestic violence program within the next six months after and pay a $200 fine. Burke was on probation for the next 18 months. Burke was traded to the Vancouver Canucks shortly after.
Burke was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay before the 2006–07 NHL season, but was not picked up. He then played for the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons. However, he struggled with the Falcons and lost his starting job to Karri Ramo. He was then placed on waivers by the Lightning and picked up off re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings.
Burke officially announced his retirement on September 18,2007. On March 4, 2008, the Phoenix Coyotes hired Burke as the Director of Prospect Development.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Records[edit | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season[edit | edit source]
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||13||10||1||0||--||688||35||1||3.05||.883|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||62||22||31||9||--||3,590||230||3||3.84||.873|
|1989–90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||52||22||22||6||--||2,914||175||0||3.60||.880|
|1990–91||New Jersey Devils||NHL||35||8||12||8||--||1,870||112||0||3.59||.872|
|2005–06||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||35||14||10||--||4||1,713||80||2||2.80||.895|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||23||6||10||--||5||1,310||68||1||3.11||.901|
International play[edit | edit source]
Burke played in 11 games for the Canadian National team in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. He also played in 130 games for other Canadian National teams from 1985 through 2003.
He won gold in the 1997 and 2003 World Championships, silver in the 1992 Olympics, aand silver in the 1986 World Junior Championship.