Earlier, Burke said “it would take a lot of courage” for a hockey player to come out as gay, “but less than the player thinks.”Burke's son, Brendan, came out in 2009 but died in a car crash a few months later.
The NHL is “still very much a macho workplace,” Burke said. “Someone has to decide that (coming out) is very important. They’re welcome on any team I run.”
Since then, his father has made numerous high-profile appearances on behalf of gay rights, speaking for organizations like PFLAG and walking in numerous PRIDE parades.