In case you missed it last night, the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets both got their first taste of actual gameplay when the two Western Canadian teams pitted off against one another in their lone exhibition game prior to the opening of the Qualifying Round this weekend. The Canucks will be taking on the Minnesota Wild, while the Jets face the Calgary Flames. Both series’ will take place at Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton… got that, Burkey?
In all seriousness, Sportsnet analyst and longtime NHL executive Brian Burke put his foot in his mouth a bit last night when he and Sportsnet broadcasters David Amber, Anthony Stewart and Colby Armstrong were discussing ice conditions in Edmonton. While discussing the difficulty of maintaining quality ice at this point of the year with multiple games being played on Rogers Place’s ice surface, Burke seemed to dismiss any issues because of Rogers Place’s “experience hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.”
Um… Burkey… that’s Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Not Rogers Place in Edmonton… in fact, that wasn’t even a dream in Darryl Katz’s mind back in 2010. Construction on Rogers Place didn’t even begin until mid-2014…
Check out the stunned reactions from Burkey’s on-air colleagues when he made the mistake:
That’s okay Burkey… it’s not like you lived in Vancouver from 1987 until 2004, right? Oh… you did? My mistake.
Honestly though, between Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place) in Vancouver, Rogers Place in Edmonton and then the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) in Toronto (home of the MLB's Toronto Blue Jays), it's enough to make your head spin. Oh... and Rogers owns Sportsnet... and part of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well. It's all so confusing, so maybe I shouldn't be so tough on Burkey?
In any case, I think we can all agree that this is unlikely to be the last time that Burkey puts his foot in his mouth during the upcoming broadcast schedule. He's an old school, take no guff hockey guy who calls it like he sees it. Is he perfect in his analysis all the time? Of course not, but he has a way of articulating the raw center of things maybe better than anyone else in hockey media these days. You do you, Burkey