Marty Burke

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Marty Burke
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Born (1905-01-28)January 28, 1905
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died March 7, 1968(1968-03-07) (aged 63)
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Black Hawks
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1927–1938

Martin Alfonses Burke (January 28, 1905 in Toronto, Ontario – March 7, 1968) was a defenceman in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Black Hawks. He was on two Stanley Cup championship teams in 1930 and 1931 with Montreal.

Burke may have been the first player to wear a helmet during an NHL game, donning one to protect an injured ear during a game in December 1928.[1]


  1. ^ "Pete Lepine stars as Canadiens win from Ottawa, 1-0". The Montreal Gazette. December 24, 1928. Retrieved January 7, 2019. Marty Burke became so enthused over the proceedings that half-way through the game he threw off the helmet he had on his head to protect his injured ear.

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