The Cornell University graduate had an illustrious final year in the NCAA (1999), being nominated to the All-ECAC First Team as well as on the All-Ivy First Team. The next season, Burgoyne made his debuts as a pro in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers. He would spend three seasons in that league, playing for the Nailers, the Pee Dee Pride and the Roanoke Express; he even earned a three games callup to the American Hockey League in 2001-02 with the Springfield Falcons. In 2002, the Penticton native moved to Wales after signing with the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He would be champion of the 2006 Challenge Cup with Cardiff.