Belleville Bulls General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett earned win number 500 of his OHL career Friday night in an 8-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.
The win also marked the 1000th in Bulls franchise history since the club was founded in 1981.
Burnett becomes just the sixth coach in OHL history to win 500 games following Brian Kilrea (1,193), Bert Templeton (907), Larry Mavety (658), Dick Todd (558), and Peter DeBoer (539).
Earlier this season Burnett became just the fifth OHL coach to reach the 1000 game milestone behind Mavety (1,458 games), Templeton (1,735 games), Kilrea (2,156 games), and Stan Butler (1,044) who reached the milestone last season and continues to coach the Brampton Battalion.
Burnett began his OHL coaching career in 1989 with the Niagara Falls Thunder where he served behind the bench for three seasons receiving back-to-back Coach of the Year honours in 1991 and 1992. After his tenure in Niagara Falls Burnett moved though the professional ranks for five straight seasons winning a Calder Cup in the AHL in 1993 and later serving one season as Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers in 1994-95. He also worked two seasons as an Assistant Coach in Anaheim after capturing an OHL Championship with Guelph in 1998. Prior to joining the Bulls in 2004 he served as bench boss of the Oshawa Generals for four seasons. Before coaching, Burnett played three seasons with the London Knights and three at McGill University.
Burnett is also serving as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team for a second consecutive year, having helped Canada claim silver in 2010. He has also served as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team in 2001 and 2010, winning a gold medal both years, and was an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Belarus, where Canada finished seventh.
In October, 2009, Burnett was inducted into the Township of Scugog Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony in his hometown of Port Perry.