Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Heartbreaking Loss for Maple Leaf's Brian Burke

As hockey fans in the Washington, D.C. area awoke to a raging blizzard, the hockey world was dealing with the terrible news that Brian Burke, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2010 USA Men's Olympic Hockey Team, lost his 21-year old son Brendan in a car crash yesterday.

Brendan was also heavily involved in the game of hockey, acting as manager for his college team at Miami University in Ohio and hoped to follow his father's footsteps to pursue a career in the NHL. He made headlines last year when he made the courageous decision to reveal his homosexuality as a gay athlete, in hopes of creating more awareness and preventing discrimination in the arena of college and pro hockey. Brian Burke, of course, stood proudly by his son and was bowled over by the support both men recieved from fans and the sports community.

Hockey Mom joins hockey fans worldwide  in sending our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Burke family and all those who knew Brendan for their unimaginable loss. It is just yet another reminder of how fragile life is - I know I will hug my guys a little tighter today...

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