Cummy Burton

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Cummy Burton
Born (1936-05-12)May 12, 1936
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Died August 25, 2015(2015-08-25) (aged 79)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Flyers
Seattle Totems
Sudbury Wolves
Pittsburgh Hornets
Charlotte Checkers
Florida Rockets
Playing career 1956–1968

Cumming Scott Burton (May 12, 1936 – August 24, 2015) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played three seasons in the National Hockey League for the 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.[1][2] 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.[1] In regard 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."[2]

Following his retirement from hockey, he worked as a sports broadcaster for CKSO-TV in his hometown of Sudbury. He died on August 24, 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Macleod, Bruce (2007-01-07). "Aurie holds Detroit's forgotten number". The Macomb Daily. Retrieved 2008-07-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Cummy Scott Burton". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=902630

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