Brian Burke

Year in Review: seven of Toronto’s biggest losers of 2013 Year in Review: seven of Toronto’s biggest losers of 2013

During 2013, some of this city’s leaders, sports stars and entertainers suffered setbacks on such an epic scale that their shortcomings can almost be said to have defined the year. Here’s our list of seven Torontonians who—whether because of some sort of wrongdoing, or as a result of sheer bad luck—managed to captivate us (and,… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »

Brian Burke is suing Internet trolls who say he impregnated Hazel Mae Brian Burke is suing Internet trolls who say he impregnated Hazel Mae

After MLSE brass booted Brian Burke from the general manager’s office in January, a small but rabid corner of the Internet speculated that the reason for his ouster was a steamy extramarital affair with Sportsnet Connected host Hazel Mae. Some of the rumour-mongers even alleged that he knocked her up. On Friday, Burke launched a defamation lawsuit against 18… Read more »

Best Bets: unofficial odds for our favourite Toronto Maple Leafs off-the-ice sto... Best Bets: unofficial odds for our favourite Toronto Maple Leafs off-the-ice storylines in 2013

NHL hockey is finally here after a 119-day standoff between owners and the players union that robbed fans of nearly half the season. The Toronto Maple Leafs begin the season on the road against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night, and Toronto’s ever-loyal fans are readying their jerseys and face paint. Unfortunately, the Leafs’ chances of hoisting the cup this year are… Read more »

What Toronto Maple Leafs brass, players and hockey insiders are saying about Bri... What Toronto Maple Leafs brass, players and hockey insiders are saying about Brian Burke’s firing

The reactions to the shocking end of Brian Burke’s tenure as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs—and the slightly awkward beginning of Dave Nonis’—have been swift and varied. While MLSE insists the decision was months in the making, many are baffled it came just days before training camp when ownership could’ve made its… Read more »

Rob Ford opts out of attending a “gentle” and “welcoming” gay outreach e... Rob Ford opts out of attending a “gentle” and “welcoming” gay outreach event

Rob Ford has remained non-committal about whether or not he’d forgo all Pride events this year (we believe his exact words were “We’ll see”), but he has confirmed he won’t be attending an outreach event leading up to the festivities. Ford’s office told organizers that he simply can’t squeeze in a flag raising at city… Read more »

When fashion and sports collide: George Laraque calls out the Leafs for endorsin... When fashion and sports collide: George Laraque calls out the Leafs for endorsing Canada Goose

Retired NHL player George Laraque isn’t happy with the Toronto Maple Leafs. No, he isn’t some curmudgeon complaining from a rocking chair because he’s no longer fit for the ice; he doesn’t like that the Leafs are endorsing a fox fur–trimmed Canada Goose jacket, because he believes it’s cruel to animals. According to the Toronto… Read more »

The Loaded List: we catalogue the astronomical salaries of Toronto’s ruling cl... The Loaded List: we catalogue the astronomical salaries of Toronto’s ruling class

It’s not particularly polite to ask rich people what they earn. But tact is overrated, and we wanted to know, so we asked anyway. When they told us to get lost, we got sneaky. We dug up disclosure documents, annual reports and the tax filings of charitable organizations. When those trails went dry, we surveyed… Read more »

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke returns to his youth movement Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke returns to his youth movement

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office has had a busy few weeks. No, they didn’t empty the bank for coveted free agent centre Brad Richards. Ditto for established stars like Simon Gagne, Eric Brewer or even Jaromir Jagr. But in avoiding the big-splash approach to the off-season, Leafs GM Brian Burke opted for a bit-by-bit… Read more »

The people versus the athletes: are Toronto fans incessant boo-birds? The people versus the athletes: are Toronto fans incessant boo-birds?

When former Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay returned to town this weekend, the sold-out crowd at the Rogers Centre showered him with cheers. That reaction probably came as a shock to another former Jay, Lyle Overbay, who didn’t mince his words when he was in Toronto last week, saying that he expected “the normal”… Read more »

Nobody missed Rob Ford at Pride—but his absence is still significant for the c... Nobody missed Rob Ford at Pride—but his absence is still significant for the city

Despite a somewhat dramatic game of last-minute will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, just as he promised, Rob Ford no-showed at Toronto’s Pride parade on Sunday, opting instead for a Muskoka weekend with his family. And just as they promised, rainbow-wearing revellers cared not as they packed the downtown core to celebrate under sunny skies and in the stifling heat… Read more »

Is Rob Ford going to attend Pride after all? Is Rob Ford going to attend Pride after all?

Mayor Rob Ford missed the beginning of Pride Week yesterday, sending council speaker Frances Nunziata in his stead to the raising of the rainbow flag at Nathan Philips Square. Anyone who’s watched Nunziata govern a council meeting can predict how well things went from there—heckling, followed by shouting, followed by more heckling and shouting. But… Read more »

50 Reasons To Love Toronto: Nos. 4-7, Scouts, Brian Burke, no more Peddie, SlutW... 50 Reasons To Love Toronto: Nos. 4-7, Scouts, Brian Burke, no more Peddie, SlutWalk

Leafs’ James Reimer to represent Canada at world championships in Slovakia, al... Leafs’ James Reimer to represent Canada at world championships in Slovakia, along with captain Dion Phaneuf and defenceman Luke Schenn

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be heading to the playoffs this year, but there’s still reason to celebrate today, as three of the boys in blue and white have been tapped to head to the IHF world championships in Slovakia. Twenty-three-year-old goaltender James Reimer will join Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and defenceman Luke Schenn… Read more »

RIP: Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff chances (2010-2011) RIP: Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff chances (2010-2011)

Hey, it was a great while it lasted. Yesterday evening, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-season bid for playoff glory officially ended with a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on home ice. The defeat didn’t actually clinch the Leafs’ fate—the eighth-place Buffalo Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning did that—but in the end… Read more »