Garrett Burnett

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Garrett Burnett
Born (1975-09-23) September 23, 1975 (age 39)
Coquitlam, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1995–2006

Garrett "Rocky" Burnett (born September 23, 1975 in Coquitlam, British Columbia) is a former professional ice hockey player who played with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim of the NHL in the 2003–04 season.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Burnett played primarily in the East Coast Hockey League before signing as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks on June 2, 1998. Used solely as an enforcer, Burnett was largely a journeyman. In Burnett's minor league career, he amassed 2,562 penalty minutes for 13 different teams. In the 1999–2000 season, in only 58 games with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the AHL, he had 506 penalty minutes.

After signing with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on July 25, 2003, Garrett made his NHL debut in the 2003–04 season. Burnett's first career NHL goal came against Brent Johnson of the Phoenix Coyotes on March 17, 2004. The enforcer played 39 games and registered 184 penalty minutes while scoring one goal and adding two assists. Burnett participated in 22 fights in his sole NHL season with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.[1] His reputation for having a "face of stone" was solidified in his March 19, 2004 fight against San Jose's Scott Parker, who sustained a broken hand from fighting Burnett.

Burnett signed an NHL one way contract for the 2004–05 season plus a one year option, but due to the 2004 NHL Lockout only played briefly as the player-assistant coach for the Danbury Trashers of the UHL in 2004. Burnett became a free agent and was signed by the Dallas Stars for the 2005–06 season, in which he played for minor league affiliates the Iowa Stars and Phoenix RoadRunners.[2]

His last game played was in the Quebec-based Ligue nord-américaine de hockey (LNAH) on December 17, 2006 playing for the Summum Chiefs. The league suspended him for throwing a net at an opposing player.[1]

Two-Sport Athlete[edit]

Burnett also tried his hand at lacrosse, signing with the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League in 2006, landing on their practice roster. He had not played an NLL game as of the 2006 season. During the 2006 season he played lacrosse for the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association Vancouver, BC.

Assault[edit]

Burnett was assaulted in the early hours of December 26, 2006 inside and outside of a night club in North Delta, British Columbia. He was in a coma in a Vancouver hospital.[1] According to family, he was on life support and in a coma for 3 weeks and doing much better, yet he was also recovering/rehabilitating and being treated regularly as an outpatient four years later. As of 2010, no charges had been laid in the incident.

In December 2008, Burnett sued the Delta police department and corporation of Delta among others as well as the owners of the nightclub Cheers, and bouncers in relation to the 2006 incident[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 14 0 1 1 78
1994–95 Kitchener Rangers OHL 22 0 1 1 74 3 0 1 1 23
1995–96 Utica Blizzard CoHL 15 0 1 1 78
1995–96 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 3 0 0 0 20
1995–96 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 1 0 1 94
1995–96 Nashville Knights ECHL 3 0 0 0 22
1995–96 Jacksonville Lizard Kings ECHL 8 0 1 1 38 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 50 5 11 16 321
1997–98 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 34 1 1 2 331
1997–98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 14 1 2 3 129
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 31 1 0 1 186
1999–2000 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 58 3 3 6 506 4 0 0 0 31
2000–01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 54 2 4 6 250
2001–02 New Haven Knights UHL 4 1 0 1 40
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 32 1 0 1 175
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 62 6 1 7 346 1 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 39 1 2 3 184
2004–05 Danbury Trashers UHL 7 0 1 1 48
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 10 0 1 1 104
2005–06 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 29 1 2 3 74
2006–07 Saint-Jean Chiefs LNAH 4 0 0 0 70
NHL totals 39 1 2 3 184

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