|Sean M. Burke
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 209 pounds
Born: 1.29.67 Windsor, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Hartford Whalers with Eric Weinrich for Bobby Holik and Whalers' 2nd
round pick in the 1993 E.D., 8.28.92
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
For a time, Burke was proof that a big guy can play well as a goaltender in the NHL.
After a successful stint with the Canadian National Team at the Olympics, he would join the Devils in time for their
upcoming run for the last playoff spot. He would prove to be the final piece of the puzzle for them, as he lead them to
winning 10 games during that stretch run, including the clincher in Chicago on the last day of the season, as well as
leading the young team deep into the playoffs with his play.
The following season, even with the team in front of him struggling, he continued to keep the Devils in it while bearing
a heavy workload. He also received a very dubious honor: he would become the first Devil to be selected to start in
the All-Star Game.
By 1990-91, his play began to slip, which lead a switch in goal to Chris Terreri. Between that, and a contract dispute
between him and Lou Lamoriello, he would sit out of the 91-92 season and play for Canada in the Albertville
Olympics. Before training camp in 92, he would be traded to the Whalers.
There, despite playing for a bad team at that point, he was their rock in goal, like he was with the Devils when he first
joined. He would move to Carolina along with the Whalers, but didn't stay in Raleigh long, as he was traded to the
Canucks in the middle of the 97-98 season.
He would continue to bounce around, but did find a home in Phoenix with the Coyotes in 2000 and was able to turn
out good results for them for about 4 years.
He retired before the 07-08 season while he was with the Los Angeles Kings, and was hired in March 2008 as the
Coyotes' director of prospect development. Over his six-year tenure with the team, he also served as assistant GM
and goaltending coach.
And just announced before training camp 2016: Burke joined the Montreal Canadiens' staff as a pro scout.
|Entry Draft: 1985 Second Round Pick (24th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise