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Hockey Canada names Sean Burke as Team Canada GM for Deutschland Cup
Burke to lead European scouting network, staff selections for Canada's 18th appearance at tournament
September 15, 2016
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada is leaning on a familiar resource for its participation at the 2016 Deutschland Cup, naming Sean Burke as the team’s general manager.

Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL) will lead Team Canada’s European scouting network on player selections, and work with Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), vice-president of hockey operations and national teams for Hockey Canada, on selecting team staff.

“Sean’s experience and contributions to our national teams as both a player and in various management roles will be a tremendous asset to us as we build our team for this year’s Deutschland Cup,” said Salmond. “He’s been part of the process of putting together successful teams for short-term events such as this, and you can’t underestimate the value of that type of experience and the familiarity with Hockey Canada’s expectations in selecting a general manager. I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Burke, who won back-to-back gold medals at the IIHF World Championships in 2015 and 2016 and gold at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship as a member of Canada’s management groups, has just one month before Team Canada assembles for its pre-competition training camp in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 – which will include one pre-tournament game against the Hungarian National Team on Nov. 1.

Canada will tap into its top Canadian talent playing in Europe to field its team. This will be the red-and-white’s first appearance at the Deutschland Cup since 2014.

Canada has taken part in the tournament on 17 occasions (1992-2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), winning four gold medals (2000, 2002, 2005, 2008).

Canada’s National Men’s Team opens the Deutschland Cup, being hosted in Augsburg, Germany, on Nov. 4 against Switzerland; the team plays Slovakia on Nov. 5, and Germany on Nov. 6.

Recently hired by the Montreal Canadiens as a professional scout, Burke is Canada’s all-time goaltending leader in games played (35), minutes played (1,991), and wins (21) at the IIHF World Championship – an event at which he won two gold and two silver medals in five appearances as a player. A two-time Olympian (1988, 1992), Burke won silver at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and is a IIHF World Junior Championship silver-medallist from 1986 in Hamilton, Ont.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the Deutschland Cup, please visitHockeyCanada.ca or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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