Fired Brian Burke cheered by fans for gay rights support

Brian Burke was fired by the Maple Leafs and replaced with new GM Dave Nonis. Many shocked fans also welcomed the news, while others took a moment to acknowledge his work with the LGBT community in Toronto.

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  1. Goodbye #brianburke just got #fired time for a #change #leafs#leafsnation#teamleafs
  2. Brian Burke's youngest son, Brendan, came out in 2009. Months after his announcement, he was fatally injured in a car crash.


    Since then, Burke has made numerous high-profile appearances on behalf of gay rights, speaking for organizations like PFLAG and walking in numerous PRIDE parades.

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