BOISE, Idaho – On August 1, three weeks after the Idaho Steelheads dubbed Everett Sheen as their new head coach, the team named former player Scott Burt as Sheen’s assistant for the 2019-20 season.
Some would say they saw this coming. Burt has always had a special presence among Idaho fans and in the city of Boise. He dedicated seven years as a forward to the Steelheads, starting in 2000 and ending in 2007.
His time with Idaho was record breaking, to say the least. Burt played a total of 403 games with the Steelheads, where he racked up the large number of 250 points. He holds the third-highest records for most games played (251), the fifth-highest record in overall goals (57), and the seventh-highest record of points (144).
Burt’s leadership did not just stop at points. He served on and off as an assistant captain throughout his time as a player, as well. Burt took his leadership and transitioned into a coach following his retirement from hockey in 2011. Burt started his coaching career as an assistant for the Alaska Aces immediately afterwards, serving under current Tulsa Oilers Head Coach Rob Murray from 2011 to 2013. After his time with the Aces, Burt began developing youth as an assistant coach for the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. He coached with Spokane for six seasons (2013 to 2019) before taking the assistant job with Idaho.
Burt holds one of the highest honors a former Steelhead could have, as he is one of only four players to have their number retired at CenturyLink Arena. It was just two short years ago that Burt was back in Boise for his jersey retirement ceremony. Burt commented then,
“It’s always nice to come home to Boise. The fans are so welcoming here and it is always hard to leave.”
This definitely left fans thinking if Burt would ever return to Boise permanently. In a July 2018 interview with The Sin Bin, he admitted that he had applied for the vacant Idaho head coaching position left by Hardy Sauter in 2012 (the job eventually went to current Florida Everblades Head Coach, Brad Ralph). Burt also stated last offseason that he’d jump at the chance to take a coaching gig with the Steelheads.
“I have tons of friends [in Boise], keep in contact with tons of people. I would really love to come back and coach there…we’ll see what happens down the road. You never know; hockey’s a small world, and things change left and right. I definitely know that, if something ever did open up there, I know I would be all-in. I would see what I’d do to come back. You never know.”
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