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Former UMaine standout Nonis replaces Burke as Maple Leafs GM

Mark Blinch | Reuters
Mark Blinch | Reuters
Dave Nonis speaks during a news conference after he replaced Brian Burke to take over the general manager job for the NHL team the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Toronto Jan. 9, 2013.
By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired team president and general manger Brian Burke on Wednesday and named former University of Maine hockey standout Dave Nonis as his successor.

Burke, who will remain with the team as a senior adviser, came to Toronto in November 2008 after winning a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

The Maple Leafs haven’t reached the playoffs since the 2004 season and the team’s record during Burke’s tenure was 94-98-32.

Nonis has served as the team’s senior vice president of hockey operations.

The announcement comes just days before training camp opens to prepare for an abbreviated season beginning Jan. 19. The NHL and the Players’ Association were meeting to ratify a collective bargaining agreement in New York. Burke, 57, is an alternate governor with the Leafs.

Nonis is a former Black Bear defenseman and two-year captain who graduated in 1988. He spent 10 years with the Canucks, first as their senior vice president for hockey operations and then as general manager.

He was fired in 2008 and then became the senior VP for hockey operations with the Maple Leafs.


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