The day Brendan told his dad he was gay

It was three years ago today that Brendan Burke, the 21-year-old son of Edina native (sort of) Brian Burke, died in a car crash in Indiana, and one wonders how the culture of sports might have changed — at least in the National Hockey League — had he lived.

Brendan was gay. Had he not followed his dad’s footsteps and gone into sports team management, he probably would have become a politician.

Instead, he was best known for his courage, for telling his father he was gay.