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June 12, 1992

June 12, 1992

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Burke’s quirks

If directness, decisiveness, college degrees and a huge ego were all it took to run a successful sports enterprise, there would be little hesitation predicting a long run for Brian Burke as general manager of the Hartford Whalers. He’s smart, brutally honest and one of the hardest-working men in the business. If you don’t know that, Burke will remind you. A dynamic executive should also have an understanding of concepts such as tact, diplomacy and patience. He has to know when another’s opinion can be valuable, when to talk and when to listen. And he has to have the ability to work with and motivate others, realizing a good organization is never a one-man show. In this latter regard, the jury on Burke is still out. Now, almost 37. having spent five years apprenticing…

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Beefing up tiny lineup Burke’s No. 1 priority

The first time Brian Burke met Richard Gordon, Burke was part of a group trying to entice Gordon to purchase a piece of the Hartford Whalers. Gordon declined. Burke, then a player agent living in Boston, was going to be president and general manager of the Whalers. The deal never took place in 1986. Two years later Gordon bought the team and considered making Burke his GM in 1989. Finally, after further review, he finally did hire Burke, 36, to replace Ed Johnston as the team’s GM May 26. Burke, who beat out Washington goalie Mike Liut for the job, agreed to a three-year contract with a provision for a fourth year if the Whalers reach a certain level in the standings. In 1989, Burke, who was Vancouver Canucks’ director of hockey operations…

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Meagher’s Peoria posting comes as a big surprise

Rick Meagher never dreamed he’d be a coach but the St. Louis Blues made their former captain the seventh coach in the 11-year history of the Peoria Rivermen. The Blues also hired former St. Louis right winger Mark Reeds May 27 as a full-time assistant coach, marking the first time Peoria has ever had two full-time coaches. “I read in the newspaper that the Rivermen job was mine if I wanted it,” said Meagher, who signed a one-year contract. “Coaching was something I never gave much consideration but (Blues’ president) Jack Quinn and (general manager) Ron Caron called and said, ‘The job is yours if you want it.’ It was all shocking. “There are not a lot of guarantees with coaching. But I have a goal-to grow as a person and help players…

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Tampa wins draft coin toss; has short list of five players

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Phil Esposito said his expansion team has a short list of five players, one of whom it will select first overall at the entry draft June 20. The Lightning received the right to pick first in the draft after winning a coin toss against the Ottawa Senators May 28. Windsor (Ontario League) left winger Todd Warriner, Medicine Hat (Western League) defenseman Mike Rathje. Sudbury (OHL) center Brandon Convery. Russian defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and Czechoslovakian defenseman Roman Hamrlik have made the Lightning’s short list. But both the Lightning and Ottawa Senators said they wished they had the first pick next year instead of in 1992. Esposito said the following 1993 draft prospects-Kamloops (WHL) defenseman Rob Niedermayer, Peterborough (OHL) defenseman Chris Pronger, Victoriaville (QMJHL) center Alexandre Daigle and Russian left winger…