Volunteer Assistant Coach
Gordon Burnett begins his first season as a member of the University Notre Dame coaching staff in 2014-15, as he serves as the team’s volunteer assistant coach and will work with the Irish defensemen.
Burnett replaces Brock Sheahan who returned to Notre Dame for the 2013-14 campaign before becoming a full-time assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, this past August.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Burnett is a 2006 graduate of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, with a bachelor of arts degree in management and marketing with a minor in accounting. He also has a master of Arts Management with specialization in organizational development.
A four-year regular on the Saints’ blue line, Burnett played in 104 career games, scoring 12 goals with 24 assists for 36 points. He also recorded 117 penalties for 277 minutes. During his junior and senior seasons, he was an alternate and team captain for the Saints.
Following his collegiate career, Burnett went on to play seven seasons of professional hockey (2006-13), seeing playing time in both the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the Central Hockey League (CHL), playing in 307 career games.
Over seven seasons he scored six goals with 35 assists for 41 points and picked up 964 penalty minutes. Burnett became an assistant coach with the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs during 2012-13, his final season as a player. He continued as an assistant in 2013-14 and also worked as an account executive in the Sundogs’ front office during the offseason.
In his first season as a non-playing assistant, Burnett helped guide the Sundogs to eighth place in the CHL with a 32-27-7 record. In the playoffs Arizona upset the top seed, Missouri, four games to two, in the quarterfinals before falling to Denver in the conference final, four games to one.
Prior to attending the College of St. Scholastica, Burnett played junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), spending two seasons (1999-01) with the Melville Millionaires and one with the Notre Dame Hounds (2001-02).
He has participated in USA Hockey’s coaching education program level one (2013-14) and this past summer was accepted into Hockey Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program High Performance I Seminar.
Burnett resides in South Bend, Indiana.