Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manger Brian Burke has not fallen on hard times, he did take to the streets of Toronto Thursday night though to sleep outside and raise awareness for homeless youth. Burke was joined by 52 other individuals including police Chief Bill Blair and Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den. Covenant House ran the event and those who participated slept outside in the parking lot of their youth shelter.
Burke spoke to the media Friday morning and indicated this was a cause he felt very passionate about. He was also sporting a sweet Movember stache that may have kept him a little warmer while he spent the night outside.
In other Leafs news, Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media as well Thursday on the status of 25-year-old winger Leo Komarov. After 11 games with the Marlies this season, Komarov wants to head back overseas and play in the KHL. A 2006 Leafs draft pick, Komarov’s goal was to head to North America this summer and pursue an NHL career after playing the last six seasons in Europe.
Due to the lockout, Komarov was relegated to playing for the Marlies. He sits tied in scoring with Jake Gardiner as both lead the team with five goals each. Komarov is looking at joining Dynamo Moscow where he won a KHL championship last season, but he wants to return when the lockout ends in hopes of playing in the NHL.