Flames Hire Brian Burke

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Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Calgary Flames hired Brian Burke as the new President of Hockey Operations, the team announced Thursday.

“It’s a very proud day for me to join the Calgary Flames,” Burke said. “It’s a great city and great hockey market. I couldn’t be more pleased to be here today.”

Burke said he’s looking forward to working with team president and COO Ken King.

“I know people think I have to be driving the bus, but I’m actually a pretty good teammate, too,” said Burke. “We’re both committed to winning. …Jay’s got great ability and has made some very important steps in fixing things here.”

Burke is the Director of Player Personnel for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and recently worked as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks.

The Flames finished 19-25 and fourth in the northwest division last season.

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