Former Maine Mariner fired as Toronto GM after four years of missing NHL playoffs

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired General Manager Brian Burke Wednesday and promoted his longtime assistant David Nonis to fill the job. Burke will stay as a senior adviser.

Toronto has not made the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2004, four years before wooing then-Anaheim GM Burke.

Before joining Toronto, Burke spent more than three seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup in 2007. Burke also served as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers (now the Carolina Hurricanes).

A Providence College graduate and defenseman, Burke played in the American Hockey League for the old Springfield Indians at the end of the 1976-1977 season and then played a full season for the Maine Mariners, the Philadelphia Flyers’ former top minor league affiliate. He then opted for Harvard Law School and worked as a players’ agent before joining the Vancouver front office.


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HEINEKEN OPEN: Top-seeded David Ferrer rallied to beat Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals in Auckland, New Zealand.

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— From staff and news services