Don Burke
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 02 in (1.88 m)
220 lb (100 kg)
Teams CHL

 Memphis RiverKings
 Wichita Thunder
 Tulsa Oilers
 Dallas Freeze
 Roanoke Valley Rampage
 Huntsville Blast
 Atlanta Knights
 West Palm Beach Blaze
 Sydney Bears
 Brisbane Blue Tongues
 Gold Coast Blue Tongues

Born January 25 1968 (1968-01-25) (age 52),
Penticton, BC, CAN
Pro Career 1992 – present

Don Burke (born January 25, 1968 in Penticton, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing ice hockey for the Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

A 6'2" defenceman, Burke played junior hockey for the Summerland Buckaroos of the BCJHL in 1985-86 and 1987–88, Prince George Spruce Kings of the Peace Caribou Junior Hockey League in 1986-87 and Kelowna Packers of the BCJHL in 1988-89 and went on to play three seasons at the University of Alabama in Huntsville an Independent in NCAA Division 1 from 1989-92. Burke attended Vancouver Canucks training camp in 1992 and from there, became a journeyman as he played for seven different franchises across four leagues in just three seasons. Among the teams he played for were: Atlanta Knights of the IHL, Memphis RiverKings of the CHL, Roanoke Valley Rampage of the ECHL (and later the same franchise under a new name, the Huntsville Blast), Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder, and Dallas Freeze of the CHL and West Palm Beach Blaze in the Sunshine Hockey League operated primarily by Bill Nyrop ex-Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champion. Burke was a member of the West Palm Beach Blaze championship team of 1995, directly followed by representing an SHL 'All Star Team' in an 3 game exhibition series against the French National Ice Hockey Team which the SHL won 3 games to zero.

Burke now lives on the Gold Coast Queensland, Australia and has been a member of the Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues (formerly the Brisbane Blue Tongues) organisation since their admission to the AIHL in 2005. He was named captain of the team for the 2006 season. Also represented Team Australia at the World Championships Division 2 in 2004 with a Bronze medal in Jaca, Spain and in 2005 with a Silver medal in Zagreb, Croatia.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Kelowna Packers BCJHL 58 19 44 63 289
1990–91 U. of Alabama-Huntsville NCAA 32 2 10 12 139
1991–92 U. of Alabama-Huntsville NCAA 23 12 25 37 105
1992–93 Memphis RiverKings CHL 28 3 13 16 58 2 0 0 0 4
1992–93 Roanoke Valley Rampage ECHL 10 0 0 0 49
1992–93 Atlanta Knights IHL 15 0 3 3 20
1993–94 Huntsville Blast ECHL 25 2 8 10 27
1994–95 Wichita Thunder CHL 7 0 3 3 8
1994–95 West Palm Beach Blaze SuHL 19 8 10 18 45
1994–95 Tulsa Oilers CHL 1 0 0 0 6
1994–95 Dallas Freeze CHL 19 1 12 13 25
ECHL totals 35 2 8 10 76

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