May 12, 1936 |
Sudbury, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings
Burton is the cousin 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 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. It's like saying that war heroes don't mean anything, just because they're not around anymore."
Following his retirement from hockey, he worked as a sports broadcaster for CKSO-TV in his hometown of Sudbury.