NHL Senior VP Mike Murphy Discussed Suspension Process With Brian Burke Prior to Suspending Vancouver’s Aaron Rome


Before suspending Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome for his hit on Nathan Horton, NHL vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy called Toronto general manager Brian Burke to discuss the suspension process.

Burke, who was once the NHL director of operations, suspended Claude Lemieux for three games in 1995. The two discussed the suspension process, but Burke says they never discussed the Horton hit.

Burke has also had an impact on how this series has come to fruition. He was the Canucks general manager from 1998-2004, which included drafting the Sedin twins with the second and third overall selections in the 1999 NHL draft — a draft actually held at the TD Garden (then the FleetCenter). He also traded Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins this season, and traded the draft pick used to select Tyler Seguin in the 2010 NHL draft.

To hear what else Burke had to say prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, check out the video above from Bruins Face-Off Live.