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PHOTOS: NHL’s Brian And Patrick Burke Honored At Spirit of Courage Awards In L.A.

Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs with Spirit of Courage Awards honorees Patrick Burke, Kamala Harris and Brian Burke

On Thursday night at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, TV personality Lisa Ling joined L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown and hockey great Wayne Gretzky to honor Toronto Maple Leafs manager Brian Burke; his son, Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke; and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for their work on behalf of the LGBT community at the Courage Campaign‘s second-annual Spirit of Courage Awards. Also on hand to celebrate the honorees were women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke, Anaheim Duck owners Henry and Susan Samueli, and mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

“It’s wonderful that Brian and Patrick are being honored by the Courage Campaign Institute,” said Bruckheimer of the father-son hockey duo behind You Can Play. “[It’ll] further help the world to accept the simple fact that on the field or in the arena, what really matters—and all that should matter—is the skill and heart of the athlete.”

In accepting their award, Patrick Burke gave a nod to fellow recipient Harris, who was honored for her work protecting homeowners and her unflagging leadership on LGBT equality. “Ms. Harris, you keep fighting to make equality legal,” said the younger Burke. “We’re going to make it cool.”

Photos Josh Reiss


Honoree Kamala Harris (center) with Lisa Ling and Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs


Brian and Patrick Burke with Rick Jacobs


L.A. Kings’ captain Dustin Brown




Sandra Fluke



Patrick Burke, John O’Hurley, Brian Burke and Wayne Gretsky


Rick Jacobs, Lisa Ling and Paul Song


The Burkes with Jerry Bruckheimer


    • Dumdum

      What wonderful ground breaking pioneers. It just fills my heart with such joy to see so many brave people ready to stand up and accept an award for being so forward thinking.So full of______love yea that’s it love and____ fortitude,yea fortitude that’s a good word.We are so lucky here in the western world where people don’t kill the Gays and where people don’t walk around with signs that read,God hates fags.Where two men can get married and lesbians can have babies.The land of milk and honey where everyone gets along and we won’t ever grow old,and we won’t ever die. :)

      Sep 22, 2012 at 7:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      The Burke’s are doing right by Brendan by seeing that his legacy lives on.

      Well met.


      Sep 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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