Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke, has died in a car crash at 21 years old, the Maple Leafs said in a statement tonight.
Globe and Mail reporter James Mirtle tweeted the news late Friday night, shortly after the Leafs' 4-3 loss at New Jersey.
A local news source in Indiana states that the crash was weather-related and occurred on the U.S. 35. Heavy snowfall in the area had made the roads dangerous.
Mirtle said details were not immediately available, but more on Brendan Burke would be posted tonight on www.globesports.com.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tweeted the following:
Oh my goodness, what awful news. Brian Burke's son, Brendan, was killed in a car accident today in Indiana. Huge prayers to the family.
Brendan Burke courageous young man. Came out in ESPN.com story earlier this year. Hoped to have a career in hockey. So sad.
Brendan Burke was just 21 years old. His 18-year-old friend, a passenger in the car, was also killed in treacherous, snowy conditions.
Besides being GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke is also the GM of the Team USA Olympic Hockey Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.