As the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to dig a deep hole to open their season, DKM has stumbled across some disturbing news involving Leafs General Manager Brian Burke. I’ve done a little homework on the facts, and it looks like Burkie harbours a genuine aversion towards natives of South Korea. Case in point: he refuses to trade for coveted forward Richard Park, currently playing for the New York Islanders.
Richard Park smiling; Brian Burke would not approve
Sure, you might say that you can’t just go out trading for any given player on any given day, which has some merit. However, let’s consider that Park has played in the NHL since the 1994/95 season. Brian Burke has been a GM off-and-on since the 1992/93 season (with Hartford). Over all of these years, Burkie couldn’t find a place for Park on his roster even ONCE?? Seems a little fishy to me. Adding to this whole feeling of ill-placed malice, we see that Park joined the Vancouver Canucks one season AFTER Burke was let go by the team. This is solid evidence that Canucks’ management thought highly of Park, but one man’s bigotry stood in the way of finding Richard a good home. With Vancouver’s significant Asian population, it’s surprising that Burke took that job in the first place. Let’s take a look at the other Korean-born player in NHL history: Jim Paek. In five NHL seasons, he never found his way onto a Brian Burke squad. Coincidence? Before you read this article, maybe. Now, you know it’s not mere coincidence. When Burke’s Ducks captured the Stanley Cup in 2006/07, the Burke-inspired team motto was, according to insider reports, “Win it so the Koreans can’t.” It’s ironic that the one player whose name and face is probably best associated with the Ducks franchise, Paul Kariya, was not on that Cup-winning squad. Why? Just say Kariya’s last name out loud, and you’ll have your answer.
Brian Burke (left), pictured with all of his Korean friends
From time to time, Distinct Kicking Motion has the special honour and insider privilege of being able to collect valuable tidbits of information from New York Islanders super-sniper, Richard Park. Recalling Richard’s first post with us just over a month ago, he was dealing with the hardships of a broken collarbone injury. Park has since returned, playing in seven painfree games so far. In the following, Richard gives his take on the upcoming playoff picture, as it is starting to shape in each conference.
Me cereblating a big goar!
Lichawd Pawk’s Prayoff Pleeview:
Ohhh herro again. This is favolite New Yolk Israndel prayer, Lichawd Pawk! It is vely, vely good to be on the computel again, tawking to my many fans. Befole I tawk about the prayoffs, I just tawk about season, okay?
Me cereblating a big goar!
Oh herro to arr fans of me and my New Yolk Iranders. It is me, Lichawd Pawk! This is vely good season for us. It is sad for me though, because I bloke my libs in a corrision the other night against New Yolk Langels team. Such a bad time! And baddest palt, I got a penarty on the pray! Outlageous! But it’s okay. I have vely, vely many wondelfur teammates. My new favoulite is Josh Bairey. He is a big young man, and I take him to dinnel rast night. We eat so much soup, and chicken flied lice. It is so good, so good. It was a good dinnel for the young man, because he is vely vely big and young. I rike him a rot. My othel favoulite teammate is Birr Guelin. He is such a fine prayer. Soft hands, and so ord! He is ord rike a dinosaul! He is just rike an ancient hippo, coming down to pray hockey. Hippos can be the numbel one hockey species if they want to. Hippos smire so vely much, they smire arr the time. Birr Guelin is a Hippo, and the best one too. I am so sad about bloken libs though, because I am having best season. I have 10 goars this yeal, and I rike New Yolk vely vely much. It’s so much a fun prace to rive. I can be in this zone in a rong rong time. The city that nevel sweeps.