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Lucas Burnett
Position Forward
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
224 lb (102 kg)
Team
F. Teams
Free Agent
Tulsa Oilers
Manchester Phoenix
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 1 1982 (1982-04-01) (age 34),
Rossland, B.C., CAN
Pro Career 2007 – present

Lucas Burnett (born April 1, 1982 in Rossland, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently without a club after being released by the Manchester Phoenix.

Playing careerEdit

Burnett began his career at junior level in 2000–01 with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in his native British Columbia. The Nitehawks ice in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and in the 2000-01 season, Burnett totalled 32 goals and 33 assists in just 42 games. This productivity saw Burnett move up to the British Columbia Hockey League's Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2001–02 term, a Tier II 'A' junior team.

Burnett would again show his offensive ability, scoring 11 goals and helping out with 18 assists, and gaining the team's 'Most Improved' award in doing so. Burnett would stay with the Smoke Eaters for the 2002–03 season and again his productivity increased, this time scoring 24 goals and grabbing 28 assists for a total of 53 points in 57 BCHL games. Again Burnett would be honoured with an award, the 'Most Unsung Player' for the Smoke Eaters.[1]

In 2003-04, Burnett moved to play college hockey at NCAA standard, choosing to play for the University of Alaska Fairbanks team, known as the Alaska Nanooks. Burnett would grab his first NCAA career goal against Ferris State, and would claim the game's 'number one star' spot in the process. Burnett totalled just six points in 35 games in his first season, but this would improve to 14 points in 37 games for the 2004–05 season, a season which also saw Burnett promoted to the Nanooks' power play unit.

Burnett would play for the Nanooks for two more seasons, combining his regular appearances with his majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He would ice on 78 further occasions for Fairbanks, scoring 28 points along the way and impressing coaches with his high work rate which was recognised in being awarded the 'Don Jamieson Unsung Hero' and 'Ricky Pitta Most Dedicated Player' awards for the final three of his four seasons in Alaska. Burnett was the team's alternate captain in 2005–06 and shouldered the responsibility so well that he was promoted to full captain for his final term.

Burnett's dedication and effort earned him a spot with the Central Hockey League Tulsa Oilers for the 2007–08 season. He would instantly become a regular player for the Oilers, and featured in 59 reguar season games. Burnett once again found his scoring touch in the process, scoring 36 points and totalling 83 penalty minutes. Despite this, his contract was not renewed, and Burnett found himself as a free agent in the summer of 2008.

This would not last however, and Burnett was signed by the Manchester Phoenix in October as a replacement for the departing Grant Jacobsen.[2] This would re-unite him with former Oilers team-mate Josh Garbutt. Burnett has soon established himself as a dependable and hard working player for the Phoenix, attributes which will hopefully carry the team into the EIHL post-season.

Despite being a late addition to the squad, Burnett gelled quickly and would end the season with 44 points in 56 games. During the season he would alternate between the second and third offensive lines. Manchester would qualify for both domestic cup finals as well as making the post-season during a successful 2008–09 season. Despite this, financial problems would continue to dog the organisation and as a result, owner Neil Morris announced in the close season that Manchester would play in the EPL for the 2009–10 season. The EPL has much stricter rules regarding foreign imports and also limits the operational budget and consequently Burnett along with most of the senior squad was released.

Career statsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Beaver Valley Nitehawks KIJHL 42 32 33 65
2001–02 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 11 18 29
2002–03 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 57 24 28 53 45
2003–04 U. of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 35 3 3 6 6
2004–05 U. of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 37 5 9 14 20
2005–06 U. of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 39 7 6 13 24
2006–07 U. of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 39 3 12 15 22
2007–08 Tulsa Oilers CHL 59 15 21 36 83
2008–09 Manchester Phoenix EIHL 44 16 20 36 40 2 0 1 1 0
EIHL totals 44 16 20 36 40 2 0 1 1 0

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