Leafs rally behind GM after tragedy
Just like his father, Brendan was a gifted academic, a dean's list student at Miami who planned to study law and potentially enter politics. And, as his brother Patrick told the Boston Herald, being gay was far from what defined him.
“If he had been born straight, he would have come up with another cause to fight for, and he would have been front and centre in that one, too,” said Patrick, a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers.
As it is, Burke's story stands out as one of acceptance – from a man known for advocating for “truculence” in hockey and in a game with barriers that still need to be broken down.