USA Hockey announced today that it has created an internship program to honor the memory of Brendan Burke, the former Xaverian Brothers High School (Westwood) hockey player who was killed in an Indiana car crash just days before the start of the Olympics.
The Brendan Burke Internship will be given each year to a college graduate interested in pursuing a career in hockey operations.
Burke, the son of Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and Kerry G. Burke of Canton, was a senior at the University of Miami of Ohio and worked closely with the school's hockey team. He intended to enter law school in the fall, possibly with an eye on one day joining a pro hockey team's front office.
Burke, 21, was one of two people killed in a Feb. 5 car accident, following a day in which he visited Michigan State's law school.
''Our family is obviously thrilled to have this internship founded in Brendan's name at USA Hockey,'' Brian Burke said in a statement. ''It will forever preserve his memory and provide an opportunity each year for a young person interested in pursuing a career in hockey to gain invaluable eperience.''
The elder Burke, a Harvard Law school graduate, played hockey at Providence College. He also was Team USA's GM at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, bravely maintaining his resolve despite losing his youngest son only one week before the start of the Games.
The first intern is expected to begin duties at USA Hockey's office in Colorado Springs in September.