Brian Burke pulled off a draft day coup in 1999 when he was able to select both Henrik Sedin, left, and his twin brother Daniel with the second and third picks of the draft.
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* May 26, 1987 — Vancouver Canucks president Pat Quinn announces the Canadian government has granted Brian Burke a work permit, allowing the American born, Harvard-educated lawyer to work as the club’s vice-president and director of hockey operations.
* June 17, 1989 — Part of a management group that selected Pavel Bure, a steal at 113th overall, at the 1989 NHL Draft
* May 26, 1992 — Becomes general manager of the Hartford Whalers
* Dec. 4, 1992 — Expresses his disinterest in the contract of free-agent defenceman Kevin Lowe and his expensive three-year deal at $1-million a year.
* June 26, 1993 — At the draft, trades four choices and one future consideration named Sergei Makarov to the San Jose Sharks for the No. 2 overall pick — an 18-year-old, six-foot-six defenceman by the name of Chris Pronger
* Sept. 1, 1993 — Joins NHL front office as executive vice president and director of hockey operations under league commissioner Gary Bettman
* June 22, 1998 — Becomes general manager of the Vancouver Canucks
* June 26, 1998 — Manages to wheel the No. 2 spot at the 1999 NHL draft to add to his No. 3 selection. And who does he end up with? Those red-headed Swedish twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
* Nov. 10, 2001 — Works a trade with the Washington Capitals to facilitate the return of Trevor Linden
* April 12, 2001 — The Canucks face the Colorado Avalanche in the club’s first playoff game since 1996.
* April 27, 2002 — Ousted in the first round by the Detroit Red Wings
* March 8, 2004 — Presided over the Canucks during the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi incident
* April 19, 2004 — Vancouver loses to the Calgary Flames in the first round of playoffs; Burke’s contract is not renewed and he is replaced by Dave Nonis.
* June 20, 2005 — Appointed GM and Executive vice-president of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks
* July 30, 2005 — Selected Bobby Ryan second overall at the draft which was dubbed the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes
* Aug. 4, 2005 — Signs free-agent defenceman Scott Niedermayer to play with his brother Rob. Scott is named team captain
* Aug. 22, 2005 — With many counting out Teemu Selanne, saying his best years were behind him (yeah right, fast forward to 2013/14), Burke re-signs the Finn to a one-year contract.
* Nov. 15, 2005 — Sent Sergei Federov and a fifth-round pick to Columbus for Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin (who would later be a key component of their Stanley Cup winning team in 2007
* July 3, 2006 — Picks up an unhappy Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle from the Edmonton Oilers for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, defensive prospect Ladislav Smid, Anaheim’s 2007 first-round draft pick (Nick Ross), a conditional first-round draft pick in 2008 (which turned out to be Jordan Eberle)
* June 6, 2007 — The Ducks defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at the Honda Center to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history
* July 26, 2007 — Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe signs Ducks’ RFA Dustin Penner to an offer sheet worth $21.25M over five years, igniting a feud with Burke that remains one of the NHL’s most intriguing rivalries.
* Nov. 16, 2007 — Burke places goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers who was claimed the following day by the Phoenix Coyotes
* Nov 12, 2008 — Steps down as GM of the Anaheim Ducks, stays on as senior adviser but free to speak to other clubs. Rumoured to be among candidates for Maple Leafs job.
* Nov. 29, 2008 — Joins the Toronto Maple Leafs as president general manager, replacing interim general manager Cliff Fletcher
* Dec. 4, 2008 — Offers Dave Nonis the position of senior vice-president and director of hockey operations.
* Sept. 18, 2009 — From Boston, acquires Phil Kessel on an RFA steal, giving up 2010 first-round selection (#2 Tyler Seguin), 2010 second-round draft selection (#32 Jared Knight), and 2011 first-round draft selection (#9 Dougie Hamilton).
* July, 1, 2009 — Signs Mike Komisarek to a five-year, $22.5-million contract
* Jan. 31, 2010 — Acquires goalie J.S. Giguere for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake
* Jan. 31, 2010 — Flames trade Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, and Fredrik Sjostrom to the Maple Leafs for Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan, and Ian White.
* Dec. 2011 — Amid much criticism, extends contract of head coach Ron Wilson, worth $2-million.
* Feb. 9, 2011 — Anaheim trades Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a 2013 conditional fourth-round pick to Toronto for Francois Beachemin
* Feb. 19, 2011 — Acquires centre Joe Colborne, 2011 first-round pick (No. 30 Rickard Rakell), 2012 conditional second-round pick (No. 54 Mike Winther) from Boston for veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle
* Jan. 9, 2013 — Fired by the Leafs as president and general manager, amassing a record of 129-135-42 with Toronto.
* Feb. 20, 2013 — Joins Anaheim Ducks as a part-time pro scout
* Sept. 5, 2013 — Named president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames
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