Harris Communications is closing a deal to become the new corporate CEO of the Boston Bruins.
Brian Burke, the former Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager, is stepping down from the team after nearly 30 years of service.
Burke has been with the Flyers since 2008 and led the team to the Stanley Cup championship in 2012.
He was named the Flyers’ president and chief operating officer in October.
Burkes appointment as the new chairman of the board comes after the Flyers announced last week that former Philadelphia President Andy Macdonald will step down to join his wife and daughter.
Burges wife, Lauren, has a business management degree from the University of Massachusetts.
She is the executive vice president of sales for a major medical device manufacturer.
Burk has been a long-time fan of the NHL and was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2004-09.
The Flyers finished the season with a 44-46-9 record, the second-worst mark in franchise history.
The Bruins and Flyers have had a long relationship since Burke was a player for the team in the early 2000s.
After the 2001-02 season, the Flyers traded their rights to Burke to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for center Jaromir Jagr.
Burke was one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL at the time.
The two teams played each other in the playoffs the following season, with Burke scoring two goals and two assists for six points.
In 2013, Burke was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 30 under 30 for the best athlete of the 21st century.
He spent the next six seasons with the Kings and New Jersey Devils.
Burks tenure with the Devils was marred by contract negotiations with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, who ultimately fired Burke.
In the wake of that firing, Lamoriell came out with a list of potential candidates for the vacant job.
Burley was one the names mentioned, but the Flyers never had a serious interest in hiring him.
After Lamorielli’s departure, Burke remained on the outside looking in when it came to negotiations.
He eventually resigned as the GM of the Sabres in March.