Brian Burke stepping back from role with Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Calgary Flames announced Friday that Brian Burke will be stepping back from Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

“When Brian came to us in September 2013 we discussed a structure and timeline of four to five years for his new role,” CSEC president and CEO Ken King said in a press release. “Each year we review our mandate going forward and determined together that we would move on.

“Brian’s leadership and guidance of our hockey operations and work with general manager Brad Treliving have been exemplary and we are grateful for his contributions. His charity work and organizational representation in our community are legendary as he has touched so many with his generosity.”

The 62-year-old will be joining Sportsnet’s 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage for the remainder of the post-season.

Burke joined the Flames as president of hockey operations after five years spent in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. His first major move with the Flames, one that helped shape the current makeup of the team, was firing former general manager Jay Feaster in December 2013 and hiring Treliving the following April.

The Flames went 197-178-35 in five seasons under Burke’s watch, qualifying for the playoffs in 2015 and 2017 but never making it out of the second round.

This tweak to the front office comes the same week the Flames introduced Bill Peters as the team’s new head coach, replacing Glen Gulutzan.

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