CALGARY, Alberta -- Former Hershey Bears president Jay Feaster was fired as general manager of the Calgary Flames on Thursday, with the team in next-to-last place in the Western Conference.
Assistant GM John Weisbrod also was let go. Brian Burke, the team's president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager.
Burke said the moves were needed to get the franchise back on track toward a championship.
"I wouldn't have come here if that wasn't the ultimate goal," he said. "I have to look at the steps that have been taken and figure out what's the best way for us to get on that path. And I reached the conclusion that we needed to make this change."
Calgary did not make the playoffs in Feaster's two full seasons as GM.
Burke was hired by the Flames in early September. Calgary took an 11-15-4 record into Thursday night's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames have just 26 points for 13th in their conference.
Feaster became acting general manager midway through the 2010-11 season. In 2004, he was general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning team that beat Calgary to win the Stanley Cup.
Burke has had a long career as a hockey executive. He has previously served as GM in Vancouver, Toronto, Hartford and Anaheim, when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup under his watch in 2007
Feaster, who spent nine years with the Bears, and led the team to a division title (1993-94) and a Calder Cup Championship (1997), while establishing three consecutive single-season attendance records (1991-92 to 1993-94) and entering into a five year affiliation agreement with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. For his work, he was named the AHL's Executive of the Year in 1997. He originally joined Hershey Entertainment as Assistant to the President in 1989 and was named General Manager of the Bears and Hersheypark Arena/Stadium in 1990.
Before joining Hershey Entertainment, Feaster practiced law with the firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick in Harrisburg. Feaster is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Susquehanna University and a Cum Laude graduate of the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC..