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BURT’S NIGHT OF FIRSTS IS ONE HE’LL NEVER FORGET

A hat trick. An OT winner. A teddy bear goal. Accomplishing even just one of those feats over the span of a junior career would be memorable. To do it all in one night is something Sea Dogs forward Robbie Burt will never forget. The Guelph,ON native had three goals including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday night helping the Sea Dogs snap a 17 game losing streak.

“It’s a game that’s up there for sure. Especially ending the streak, that’s what we wanted to do – we’ve been trying to do it and it hasn’t worked but that night everything clicked. For myself it was definitely one of the top games in my career, my first ever hat trick is something I’ll always remember.”

Now in his fourth year in the CHL, second with the Saint John Sea Dogs, Burt played in his first ever teddy bear toss game on November 30th.

“This is my fourth year with the chance to play in a teddy bear game, but this year was my first time actually playing in one as I’ve been suspended the last three years every time this game rolls around (laughs). It was good to finally play one and I told the boys I was going to score and that I’d been working on my celebration for four years. It felt good to get the goal but also to get the boys rolling. We were down by two at the time so to get everyone back on track and then eventually come out with the win was huge.”

As a 19-year-old on the youngest team in the CHL Robbie has found himself in a new role, that of a veteran and a leader.

“I think with a young team, I find myself being more of a leader and showing them the way this first half of the year. Obviously coming in at 16 is always tough and even for the 17-year-old rookies we have, I’m just trying to be a good leader and show them what to do. I’m trying to be more vocal in the room, just making sure I’m always there and being positive, giving them reinforcement. On the ice it hasn’t really changed my game, I’ve always tried to lead by example, so I try to play my best and hope they follow.”

Burt credits his teammates with supporting each other through the tougher patches this season.

“It’s a really good group of guys in the room – we try to keep it fun and keep each other motivated  – sometimes during a tough drought you don’t want to come to the rink but I think we did a good job of sticking with it and practicing hard and it paid off for us.”

A first ever hat trick is probably something you would find on any hockey player’s Christmas list, but with that out of the way for Robbie, he’s got something else in mind as the Sea Dogs head towards the Christmas break.

“A playoff berth. I won’t be able to get it in time for Christmas, but maybe as an early Easter present.”

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