|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
170 lb (77 kg)
|Teams||Detroit Red Wings|
|Born||May 12, 1936,|
Sudbury, ON, CAN
|Pro Career||1955 – 1968|
He played junior hockey for the Windsor Spitfires and the Hamilton Tiger Cubs from 1952 to 1956. While there, he played three games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1955-56. He turned pro with the Edmonton Flyers in 1956-57, and played 26 games for the Wings in 1957-58 and 14 in 1958-59. In all he played 43 games in the NHL and scored 2 assists.
Burton continued to play in the minor pros until his retirement in 1964. He made a one-year comeback with the Florida Rockets in 1967-68.
Burton is the nephew of Larry Aurie and wore #6 in Aurie's honor, having received special permission to do so while with the Red Wings as the number had been retired by team owner James Norris. The status of Aurie's #6 has become controversial for the Wings as a banner for it does not hang in Joe Louis Arena unlike the other numbers that have been retired by the team. In regards to this Burton has been quoted as saying "Not hanging up Larry's number would be compared to the New York Yankees not retiring Lou Gehrig's number, just because he was from the 1930s and now forgotten just because it's all old stuff now. Cummy had, has, and will always have the fullest orbs around. It's like saying that war heroes don't mean anything, just because they're not around anymore."