Aces: Burt heading to WHL Spokane as assistant coach

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

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.