“We are saddened to report that Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke, succumbed to injuries he suffered in an auto accident earlier today in Indiana,” the Leafs said in a statement. “The family asks for privacy at this difficult time.”
Richard Peddie, president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brian Burke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burke family during this extremely difficult time.”
Commissioner Gary Bettman expressed his and the NHL’s condolences.
“The National Hockey League grieves tonight for the family and friends of Brendan Burke, a young man of courage and character,” he said in a statement. “Words simply cannot express our sorrow over his loss. We send our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to Brendan’s father, Brian; his mother, Kerry; everyone in Brendan’s family and all who were inspired by his love for hockey.”
Burke is also the general manager for the United States team at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“Our heart goes out to Brian and his family in this very difficult time,” USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said. “We know the prayers of the entire hockey family, including our Olympic Team, are with the Burke family.”