If it surprised you Tuesday when the Penguins hired Brian Burke to be their president of hockey operations and oversee new general manager Ron Hextall, you are far from alone. In fact, Burke as of a few days ago didn’t see this coming.

The 65-year-old Rhode Islander was happy in his role with Sportsnet in Toronto, yakking it up about the NHL on the radio on many mornings and delivering his opinions, often blunt, with a booming voice and a scowl on television.

You might remember some of the things he said about the Penguins this fall.

Burke has continued to use his platform to advocate for equality in hockey. And he also recently authored a book called “Burke’s Law: A Life in Hockey,” in which he detailed his experiences in life and three decades as an NHL executive.

Until last weekend, that chapter of his fascinating life appeared to be closed.

Then Mario Lemieux told David Morehouse to give Burke a phone call back.