Sports Dinner

28th annual sports dinner with brian burke and darren dutchyshen

An evening for members, invited guests, and past supporters.

For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities email Lynne Preston


Where Does the Money Go?

The funds raised will help the JCC continue to run many vital programs and services to the Jewish community and the southwest community at prices that are accessible to all!

At the JCC, we aim to:
• Keep seniors fit, happy and less isolated.
• Provide care for children to allow parents to work.
• Get kids "unplugged", build life-long healthy habits.
• Build relationships between Calgary's many cultural communities.

We are grateful for the support of the many corporate partners and individuals who help make this event a success. We hope we can count on your support for the 28th Annual Calgary JCC Sports Dinner.

Please email Rhona Shore if you are interested in providing a Silent Auction item or making a donation.


About Our Speaker

Brian Burke joined the Calgary Flames Hockey Club on September 5, 2013 in the newly created role, President of Hockey Operations. He is responsible for overseeing all hockey operations for the Flames organization.

Prior to assuming his current position in Calgary, Burke worked in the NHL front office for five years as executive vice president and director of hockey operations, was president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a pro scout and consultant with the Anaheim Ducks.

Away from the rink, Burke is a vocal activist against homophobia in sports, a strong supporter of first response personnel and military service members, an environmentalist, and a humanitarian. His most recent appointment was to the Board of Directors for Rugby Canada – a sport he fondly refers to as his “second favourite sport”.

Burke is an avid supporter of many philanthropic organizations, devoting time and making numerous donations to each. Some of these organizations include: Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Special Olympics Kids, and Cops & Computers Merry-Go-Round Children’s Foundation.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island but raised in Edina, Minnesota, Burke is a graduate of Providence College. While attending Providence, he played for the Friars Division I hockey team. As a professional he played in the AHL, capturing the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1978. After one year in the AHL, Burke attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1981.


About our Master of Ceremonies

Darren Dutchyshen co-hosts the evening edition of SportsCentre, Canada's most watched sports news and information show. In addition, Dutchyshen was the host of Olympic Prime Time on TSN during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

A TSN veteran, Dutchyshen is one of the network’s most popular personalities. He began his TSN career in 1995, hosting weekend editions of SportsCentre and hosting CFL Live. His engaging and unique personality, smooth delivery and sports knowledge have made him a viewer favourite.

Before joining TSN, Dutchyshen, a native of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, spent seven years as the host of ITV's Sports Night, a 30-minute sports news program in Edmonton. While in Edmonton, he also hosted a daily radio sportscast on 630 CHED for more than two years.

Dutchyshen’s first job as a sportscaster was with STV in Saskatoon for one year, followed by a stint with IMTV in Dauphin, Manitoba.


2017 jcc sports dinner sponsors