HAMILTON, ONT. – Hamilton Bulldogs majority owner Michael Andlauer announced today that 26-year coaching veteran George Burnett has been named the first head coach and general manager for the new Ontario Hockey League Bulldogs.
“I’m excited to have George lead our team as one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the Canadian Hockey League,” Andlauer said. “As head coach and general manager of the Belleville Bulls for the past 11 seasons, he has a track record of developing great young talent and winning teams. His familiarity with the existing roster and organizational depth will be integral to the success of the Hamilton Bulldogs going forward.”
Burnett, 53, began his coaching career in the 1989-90 season, when he started the year as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals before taking the reigns as head coach with the Niagara Falls Thunder for the final 46 games of that season until the end of 1991-92. Through his 26 seasons of coaching, the Port Perry, Ont. native has also worked as a head coach with the American Hockey League’s Cape Breton Oilers (1992-94), the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers (1994-95), the AHL’s Binghamton Rangers (1995-97), the OHL’s Guelph Storm (1997-98), the Generals (2000-04) and Bulls (2004-15). He also served as assistant coach with the NHL’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for two seasons (1998-2000). In addition to Burnett’s work in the OHL, AHL and NHL, he has represented Canada several times on the international stage as a junior coach.
“I’m excited for the opportunity that lies ahead in this new chapter of junior hockey in Hamilton and continuing to develop a strong working relationship with Mr. Andlauer,” said Burnett. “We look to build upon the existing foundation in place and expect to have a young, exciting team on the ice for the upcoming season.”
Burnett is second among active OHL head coaches in career victories with 611, which ranks him fifth on the OHL’s all-time list behind Brian Kilrea, Bert Templeton, Larry Mavety and current North Bay Battalion head coach Stan Butler. He has also led his team to two MasterCard Memorial Cup appearances (1998, 2008), an OHL J. Ross Robertson Cup championship (1998) and has earned two Matt Leyden trophies as OHL coach of the year (1991, 1992).
Some of Burnett’s other most notable career achievements include (head coach unless otherwise specified): two U20 World Junior medals (bronze, 2012; silver, 2011 – both as assistant coach), a gold medal at the 2001 and 2010 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournaments and an AHL Calder Cup championship (1993).
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