Brendan Burke

Brendan Burke (b. Dec. 8, 1988 – d. Feb. 5, 2010) was an athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men’s ice hockey team. The youngest son of Brian Burke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and of the US Olympic hockey team, in November 2009, he made international headlines for coming out, advocating for tolerance and speaking out against homophobia in professional sports. Burke was viewed as a pioneer in advocacy against homophobia in hockey, and described as “the closest person to the NHL ever to come out publicly and say that he is gay.” He was killed in a car crash on February 5, 2010. [ Wikipedia → ]