Storm GM loads up on Canadian junior team talent for playoff push
TORONTO — George Burnett of the Guelph Storm didn’t initially set out to be the busiest general manager ahead of the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline.
But the opportunities to add top-end skill to his roster, including the addition of three returning Canadian world junior team members, was too good to pass up.
“I don’t think we were thinking we’d have six new faces in the last week or so before the deadline,” Burnett said on Wednesday.
“Busy few weeks, don’t know if it started out looking that way but through the Christmas break. We knew we wanted to strengthen our back end with more veteran presence and wanted to add a top-flight forward.”
Burnett made five trades between Jan. 4 and the Jan. 10 deadline to fill his club’s voids, and then some, adding key pieces that he hopes will take the Storm deep into the post-season in the OHL’s tough Western Conference alongside the London Knights, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Saginaw Spirit.