Alaska Aces assistant coach Scott Burt, who captained the club to the ECHL's 2011 Kelly Cup, won three Cups as a player, has taken a gig as an assistant coach with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs, the club announced today.
Burt, 36, in 2011 became the first ECHL player to win three Cups -- he won Cups with Idaho in 2007 and 2004.
By heading to Spokane, his career has gone full circle -- he played in the WHL before turning pro. Also, Spokane head coach Don Nachbauer was Burt's coach in his first WHL season with the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Burt forged a playing reputation as a pro's pro and a terrific leader -- ridiculously eager to block shots, do whatever the team needed (even if that was dropping the mitts against a much bigger opponent) and made sure the teams he captained were always focused and driven. He was a splendid penalty killer too.
Burt retired after winning the 2011 Cup and served as an assistant coach with the club for two seasons.
The Blog wishes him great luck -- he's one of the good guys.