The Guelph Storm clinched a playoff spot, and head coach and general manager George Burnett climbed to fourth on the OHL’s all-time coaching wins list on Friday night.
Pavel Gogolev, Danny Zhilkin and Matthew Papais scored shootout goals as the Storm edged the visiting Oshawa Generals 4-3, giving Burnett his 738th career victory behind an OHL bench to push him ahead of Stan Butler on the League’s all-time list.
It’s the latest in a season that has included a couple of significant milestones for Burnett, whose first OHL head coaching job came with the Niagara Falls Thunder in 1989-90. He joined Brian Kilrea, Bert Templeton, and Stan Butler as the fifth coach in OHL history to reach the 1,500 career game milestone on Dec. 28th.
A former forward with the London Knights from 1979-82, Burnett played three seasons at McGill University before stepping behind the bench a few short years later. He’s had coaching stints with the Niagara Falls Thunder, Oshawa Generals, Belleville Bulls, Hamilton Bulldogs and is in his second tour of duty with the Guelph Storm who he has has guided to OHL Championships in 1998 and 2019.
Burnett has also had pro experience along the way, serving as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers and an assistant with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He coached the AHL’s Cape Breton Oilers to a Calder Cup title in 1993.
A native of Port Perry, Ont., Burnett is a two-time OHL Coach of the Year and owns a career OHL coaching record of 738-629-51-111 over 1,529 games, good for a winning percentage of .536.
Burnett and the Storm are back in action on Sunday with a visit to the Sarnia Sting.