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Bernie Burke, 88; longtime BC goaltender coach was captain of school’s 1949 hockey championship team

Mr. Burke, an All-American goaltender, backstopped the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament championship in 1949.
Mr. Burke, an All-American goaltender, backstopped the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament championship in 1949.Credit:

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Bernie Burke was an All-American goaltender and captain of Boston College’s 1949 national championship team, and later served as BC’s goaltender coach from 1971 to 1993. His uniform has been retired, and BC’s Outstanding Freshman Award is named in his honor.

Mr. Burke, who died Aug. 13 at 88, was selected to the 1950 US national team that won a silver medal at the World Championship. A year later, Mr. Burke began his 20 seasons as freshman coach at BC when the legendary John “Snooks” Kelley was the varsity coach.

“He made an immediate impression on me with his passion as a coach and as a student of the game,” said Jim Logue, who retired this year after 20 seasons as BC’s goaltending coach.

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