Winterhawks Sign Goaltender Brendan Burke

This was to be posted at www.winterhawks.com yesterday, but the CHL sites have been unable to upload new content, so here is the press release:

The Portland Winterhawks have announced the signing of goaltender Brendan Burke, the team’s third round pick, 49th overall, in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Burke played this season with the Phoenix Junior Coyotes of the Midwest Elite Hockey League, going 9-10-3 with a goals against average of 3.39 and 86.2% save percentage. Burke also led his team to the championship game in the Rocky Mountain District tournament, featuring some of the top midget AAA teams from the western United States. Burke was 2-1 with one shutout, a goals against average of 1.97 and 93.0% save percentage.

Burke was also one of 40 players to participate in a tryout camp for the Under-17 U.S. National Development Team, but decided to sign with the Winterhawks.

“We drafted Brendan knowing he could be a big building block for our future,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Much like Chase De Leo, Brendan had numerous options available to him, and we’re thrilled he’s chosen to join our organization.”

Burke is the son of former NHL goalie Sean Burke, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for eight teams, amassing a record of 324-341-101-9 with a career goals against average of 2.96 and 90.2% save percentage.

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5 Comments

  1. Does that mean there will have to be a tough decision this fall between Mac & Hammy? Assuming we only keep 2 goalies on the roster…

  2. Mark,
    it means that the Hawks have signed a key young prospect that will come in and battle for a spot on the roster next season. Any decisions made on goaltenders or any positions are tough decisions.

    AK

  3. Andy,

    I don’t think that’s the question he was asking. The Winterhawks would not be smart if they decided to keep both Mac and Hammy next season. So yes, the signing of Burke make Mac or Keith expendable.

    I can see Hammy going back home to Kelowna and playing up there. Not only is that Keith’s hometown but, he’d be a great fit in that organization.

    Mac has played pretty well thorugh the playoffs and I expect him to be the guy next season as well.

  4. Ryan,
    I just don’t like the term “expendable” when it comes to players. Both Mac and Hammy have proven they are WHL caliber goaltenders and if Burke can come in and earn a spot as a 16 year old next year, it will make a tough decision for the Coaching staff.

    But, as I’ve said before…competition is a good thing. Whether it is in a game or in practice for playing time…it only makes those involved stronger.

    AK

  5. Andy,

    I would agree. I don’t know if “expendable” was the correct word choice. You put it better. If Burke can come into camp and perform, I think it gives the coaches more options as far as getting a quality player(s) in return for an above average 19 year-old goalie.

    Best of luck tonight in th booth. Always enjoy your call.

    Ryan


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