“Pioneers are often misunderstood and mistrusted. But since he wishes to blaze this trail, I stand beside him with an axe! I simply could not be more proud of Brendan than I am, and I love him as much as I admire him.”
—Leafs General Manager and President Brian Burke, quoted in a November ESPN.com profile about his son Brendan, who had come out as gay. Brendan Burke died on Friday, in a car accident in Indiana.