FORMER COYOTE SEAN BURKE REJOINS ORGANIZATION AS DIRECTOR OF PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT
/ Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss and General Manager Don Maloney announced today that former Coyotes goaltender Sean Burke has rejoined the organization as Director of Prospect Development.
Burke, who spent parts of five seasons with the Coyotes from 1999-2004 during his 18-year NHL career, will assist in the development of the team’s prospects at both the amateur and minor league level. The Windsor, Ontario native will also work in the club’s business operations by serving as a liaison for corporate clients and season ticket holders.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sean back to the Coyotes’ organization,” said Moss. “He brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to this position. During his time as a player, Sean was a fan favorite and developed a wonderful relationship with the community, which will make him a tremendous asset to the entire organization.”
“Sean is a terrific addition to our hockey staff,” said Maloney. “Not only was he an All-Star caliber goaltender during his playing career, but he was a leader both on and off the ice, and we expect him to exhibit those same qualities in his new role.”
Burke appeared in 211 career games with the Coyotes, posting a record of 97-78-29 with a 2.39 goals against average (GAA), a .919 save percentage (SV%) and 15 shutouts. He helped guide the team to the Stanley Cup playoffs during the 1999-2000 and 2001-02 seasons. Burke also represented the Coyotes in the 2001 and 2002 NHL All-Star Games.
“I am very excited to be back with the Coyotes organization,” said Burke. “The five seasons I spent here as a player were the most enjoyable years of my career. This organization has a bright future ahead of it and I look forward to being a part of it.”
In 820 career NHL games with New Jersey, Hartford/Carolina, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Florida, Los Angeles and the Coyotes, Burke collected a record of 324-341-101-9 with a 2.96 GAA and a .902 SV%. He was also a three-time NHL All-Star and represented Canada in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics.
Burke made his NHL debut on March 2, 1988 with the New Jersey Devils and began his career by going 10-1-0 in his first 13 games.