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Cummy Burton
Cummy Burton
Right Wing
Number: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170
Shoots: Right
Born: May 12, 1936
Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, Canada
Although known throughout his entire career as Cummy Burton, his real first name is Cumming. In 1952-53, he joined the Windsor Spitfires of the OHA at the age of 16. In 54 games he produced seven goals and eleven points. The next three years of his junior career were spent in Hamilton as a member of the Tiger Cubs. In his first year in Steeltown, Burton scored 30 goals and 55 points in 58 contests. Injuries limited his playing time to just 28 games in 1954-55, but he still managed 16 points on six goals and ten assists. During his final junior year, Burton scored 31 times, while counting 61 points in just 38 games.

In the fall of 1955, he signed a pro contract with the Detroit Red Wings. That year he was used in three games, but he failed to make the scoresheet. The 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons were spent in Edmonton with the Flyers of the WHL. Midway through that second year in Edmonton, Burton got the call to rejoin the Red Wings in the NHL. It turned out to be a 26-game stint, with Burton scoring one assist. The following year his time was split between the Seattle Totems of the WHL and the Red Wings. In 14 games with Detroit, he scored one assist.

The next three years of Burton's pro career were spent in Sudbury with the Wolves of the EPHL. He consistently provided steady offense, posting seasons of 58, 36 and 49-point seasons.

The majority of the 1962-63 campaign saw Burton back in Edmonton with the Flyers of the WHL. In the spring of 1963, he was moved to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL where he dressed for three games. Burton also played a year with the EHL's Charlotte Checkers before leaving hockey for what was a three-year retirement. He returned to play one more year of pro hockey in 1967-68 with the EHL's Florida Rockets. In 52 games, he scored seven times and had 27 points before deciding to hang up the skates for good.

Hockey was something which certainly ran in Burton's family. His uncle was Larry Aurie, a star player with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1930s. Burton is perhaps best remembered for his passionate pleas along with other family members to have Aurie's jersey retired by the Red Wings, which as of now, has yet to happen. "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," Burton was once quoted. "It's like saying that war heroes don't mean anything, just because they're not around anymore."

Five Red Wings have had their jersey numbers retired; Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk and Alex Delvecchio. Aurie's number six has not been worn since he retired in 1939, with the exception of Burton who wore it as a tribute to his uncle in 1957-58. Response by the Red Wings' organization has served only to confuse the matter further, with officials saying the number will not be retired, yet will never worn again by any other player.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80