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Burke's Law

A Life in Hockey
Narrated by: Brian Burke
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Sports & Outdoors, Hockey
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Publisher's Summary

The gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he's fought through.

Brian Burke is one of the biggest hockey personalities - no, personalities full-stop - in the hockey media landscape. His brashness makes him a magnet for attention, and he does nothing to shy away from it. Most famous for advocating "pugnacity, truculence, testosterone, and belligerence" during his tenure at the helm of the Maple Leafs, Burke has lived and breathed hockey his whole life. He has been a player, an agent, a league executive, a scout, a Stanley Cup-winning GM, an Olympic GM, and a media analyst. He has worked with Pat Quinn, Gary Bettman, and an array of future Hall of Fame players. No one knows the game better, and no one commands more attention when they open up about it. 

But there is more to Brian Burke than hockey. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and an accomplished businessman with hard-earned lessons that come from highly scrutinized decisions made at the helm of multimillion-dollar companies. And despite his brusque persona on camera and in the boardroom, he is nevertheless a father with a story to tell. He lost his youngest son in a car accident and has had to grapple with that grief, even in the glare of the spotlight. Many Canadians and hockey fans knew Brendan Burke's name already, because his father had become one of the country's most outspoken gay-rights advocates when Brendan came out in 2009.

From someone whose grandmother told him never to start a fight but never to run from one either, Burke's Law is an unforgettable account of old beefs and old friendships, scores settled and differences forgiven, and many lessons learned the hard way. 

©2020 Brian Burke (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

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A must-read hockey book.

Brian's knowledge and experiences alone make this book an essential one for any hockey fan.

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Must listen for all hockey fans

I’m so glad that I bought the audio version instead of the printed one. Brian is a great story teller, and he made it extra entertaining with all the swearing!! As a Canucks fan I’ve always admired him because he brought my team to profitability and respectability with many of his strewd moves like the Bure negotiations and the Sedins trade, which he described in great details in this audiobook. More importantly he described his relationship with his children with love and humility, especially the part about his late son Brendan. He delivered that part with a mostly cracked voice which I find to be extremely touching. My respect for him went up to another level. Thanks for telling your story Brian. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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Loved it

Amazing from start to finish and very moving , Brian Burke Is The Man !

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  • Csilla Kittlinger
  • 2020-10-18

2020 just got so much better

What a career... Just wow! I'm so inspired all of a sudden. Exactly what I needed.

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  • David J. Henning
  • 2020-10-17

Everything I expected, but a little more

it was all the stories you have heard Burke tell, but with full detail. His values do shine through and make me think of what I want to do with my time here on earth a little more.