21 January 2007

Sean Burke Story


Reading the Kaiserman's post made me think about Sean Burke, and my encounter with him in the summer of '04. So sit back, make yourself some sleepy time tea, and read about this great time.

Way back in the summer of 2004 the Fun Sheriff was enforcing the law on a Teen Tour through the East Coast of the US and Canada. The Sheriff rode his beat, the law was upheld, and fun was had by all.

The tour rolled into Toronto, which is where we meet Sean. Being in Toronto, and having some spare time, Fun Sheriff decided to take his charges to the only place that made sense: Bloor Street, and Niketown Toronto. Let me set the scene by saying that Niketown Toronto is a terrific Niketown. Way bigger than our paltry Beverly Hills edition. It's definitely on par with those in Chicago and NYC, perhaps close to the pantheon of San Fran.

With that in mind, we were browsing this mecca of Phil Knight when one of Sheriff's kids pointed out this tall, athletic looking man who was getting free stuff from an employee. Someone said, "does he play in the NHL?" Just because we're in Canada, it doesn't mean that every person plays hockey, I laughed. Just so you know, these were the same kids who were upset we didn't get to see fireworks when we spent July 4th in Montreal...

The kids always listened to the Sheriff, and took his word as gospel. So camper Baby Glush (yes, sister of the bigger Glush who is rocking Emory Besebol) went over to the man and asked about his occupation. It turned out this man did play hockey, and he even did it for a living. He said his name was Sean Burke, and that he played goalie for some team I can't remember anymore. None of us even recognized his name, but we were all polite, and went along with it. Sean was amazingly cool, and talked to us for a long time.

At some point in our conversation a precocious kid asked him if he knew Jeremy Roenick. Here I'm guessing that he played for the Kings at the time, and it was the only player the kid could think of... But believe it or not they DID know each other, and before we know it Sean has taken his cell phone out, and is CALLING Jeremy. Jeremy was taking a break from filming Best Damn Sports Show, and for the next ten minutes the phone was passed along, with us each getting a chance to talk to him. It was an amazing experience, and considering how most athletes are portrayed, it was refreshing. The Sheriff, to show his gratitude proceeded to let Sean perform a citizens arrest on some unsuspecting stranger.

We bid Sean adieu, and went on our way. It would have been enough, Dayenu.

The group went along to some ice cream place that was very well known. We're in line ordering, when lo and behold Sean walks right in! He came over, said hello again, and then decided to buy ice cream for our entire group! To show his gratitude for this act of kindness, the Sheriff let Sean use his taser on the unsuspecting worker behind the counter. That was messy....

That, ladies and gentlemen, is my Sean Burke story. He's a great man, and I'll always be rooting for him. Enjoy the sleepy time tea.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a bigtime Hartford Whalers fan when I was a kid, Sean Burke was The Man.
Every year, the Whalers organization would invite season ticket holders to a barbecue where they could interact with some of the players. I was about ten years old, and incredibly excited to meet Burke and Geoff Sanderson (A Hartford legend, if there is such a thing).
The Whalers bus was hours late, but for some reason Burke had driven himself, and arrived ontime. He chatted with an entire crowd of ticket holders by himself, moving down the line signing autographs, and generally being awesome to the kids for hours before the rest of the team got there.
I've never forgotten that, and your story just affirms what a class act he is.

number8fan said...

I guess even nice guys have bad days:

"In February 1998, former Hurricanes hockey player Sean Burke pleaded guilty to beating his wife on November 2 and was ordered to complete a domestic violence program within the next six months after and pay a $200 fine. Burke was on probation for the next 18 months. Burke was traded to the Vancouver Canucks shortly after."

http://www.endabuse.org/celebritywatch/index.php?Fame=N

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