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CALGARY -- One of the NHL's biggest personalities vows to work in the background for the Calgary Flames.

Veteran hockey executive Brian Burke was named the team's president of hockey operations, a position the Flames created for him in an effort to return to the playoffs after a four-year absence.

Burke will "assume overall responsibility of the sport side of the Calgary Flames."

General manager Jay Feaster will report to Burke, while Ken King remains president and CEO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

In addition to the Flames, the company encompasses the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat, the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen, the CFL's Calgary Stampeders and the National Lacrosse League's Roughnecks.

Burke's description of himself on Twitter is "a dash of truculence". He's brutally honest and unfiltered, so reporters both love and loathe him depending on the day.

"I don't intend to be front and centre," Burke said Thursday during a news conference at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "That would be a nice break after being front and centre and getting into a lot of little scraps in the media.

"I know people think I need to be driving the bus all the time. I'm actually a pretty good teammate.

"The guy you should talk to every day should be the coach. The transactional guy, if you make a trade... the guy that should explain it should be the guy that pulls the trigger on the trade and that's Jay."

Flames owners aren't normally present at team announcements, but chairman Murray Edwards and others in the ownership group sat in the front row of seats Thursday.

Burke was fired as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in January. He had been working as a part-time scout with the Anaheim Ducks since February.

Reporting to Burke instead of King is the only change Feaster expected in his job description.

"To be able to bring somebody in who has won a Stanley Cup, who has taken a team to that lofty level and who has been in the game in as many capacities as Brian has been throughout his career, to be able to tap into that wealth of knowledge on a daily basis, it's a great thing," Feaster said.

"I endorse it as the GM."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 6, 2013 C6

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