According to several reports, former NHL goaltender Sean Burke will soon be hired by the Vegas Golden Knights. Though it has not yet been confirmed, it is believed that Sean Burke will be named the Golden Knights’ Director of Goaltending, joining new head coach Bruce Cassidy’s staff.
Burke, 55, held the same title for the Montreal Canadiens this past season after having previously spent five years with them as a scout. He has also been a goalie coach for the Habs as well as the Arizona Coyotes from 2009-2015, and on top of all that, played in 820 NHL games in stints with the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings.
During his time as the Coyotes goaltending coach, Burke helped plenty of goaltenders find success. First was Mike Smith, who was coming off some down years with the Tampa Bay Lightning only to become one of the league’s best goaltenders in 2011-12, his first season working with Burke.
Another of Burke’s successes was Devan Dubnyk, who struggled in his final season with the Edmonton Oilers and at one point found himself in the American Hockey League before being picked up by the Coyotes. Burke was able to help him turn things around and was a big reason in why Dubnyk went on to have plenty of success with the Minnesota Wild.
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