LISTEN: Former Canucks GM Brian Burke remembers Neil Macrae
Former CKNW sportscaster Neil Macrae is being remembered by the man he had one famous and fiery exchange with almost 20 years ago.
Calgary Flames president Brian Burke, then with the Vancouver Canucks, says Macrae was one of a kind.
“I had numerous, memorable clashes with lots of guys, but probably more with Neil because I was in the marketplace and actually did a show with him, so probably more with Neil than anyone else.”
LISTEN: Neil Macrae and Brian Burke duke it out
The two famously duked it out in this CKNW interview in 1998, not the first – or the last – time the two would butt heads.
After hearing of Macrae’s passing, the current Flames president says there was more to Macrae then the man on the mic.
“[We had] some memorable clashes over different things on the radio, but I don’t know if people realize this or not, but we would meet about once a month I think at the Earl’s at the foot of the Cambie Street bridge, drink beer, and have lunch for a couple hours.”
Burke calls Macrae ‘a good guy,’ and says he got to him in an interview like not a lot of people could.