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Report: Burke out as Team USA Olympic GM

Brian Burke

The architect of Team USA’s silver medal-winning team in Vancouver won’t get to go for gold in Sochi.

On Tuesday, Toronto’s Sportsnet Fan 590 host Mike Brady reported that Brian Burke wouldn’t be back to reprise his GM role for the Americans at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Here’s more, from Brady’s Twitter account:

Two things of note - 1) Burke was told, as suspected, USA Hockey wants a current NHL GM (Poile a strong candidate)....

— Greg Brady (@bradyfan590) May 23, 2013

2) Burke definitely wanted the job - obviously he made a huge commitment to after his son’s tragic passing. Might be a mistake by USA Hockey

— Greg Brady (@bradyfan590) May 23, 2013

Burke, fired from his post as Toronto GM in January, was praised for the team he constructed for the 2010 games in Vancouver, relying on a younger, albeit largely untested internationally group -- many of which were making their senior team debuts.

“It’s going to be a different generation of players that a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t going to be able to recognize,” Burke said at the time. “For some of these guys, it will be their first foray onto the international stage. I think we may have some names that people won’t recognize because we need some sand in the lineup.”

The Americans proceeded to cruise through the opening group stage, posting a perfect 3-0-0 record while outscoring opponents -- which included Canada -- by a combined 14-5 score.

From there, the Americans defeated Switzerland 2-0 in the quarterfinals and Finland 6-1 in the semis to meet Canada in the gold medal game, which the Canadians won in overtime.


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