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George Burnett named new coach and general manager of Guelph Storm

Veteran OHL coach spent last season as general manager of Flint Firebirds

George Burnett is the new coach and general manager of the Guelph Storm.

The official announcement came Monday afternoon. A press conference is planned for Tuesday.

Last season Burnett, 55, served as the league-appointed general manager of the Flint Firebirds.

Burnett previously coached the Guelph Storm for one season in 1997-98, guiding them to a 42-17-6-1 record in the regular season and taking them to the Memorial Cup final, which they lost in overtime to Portland.

That team included the likes of Brian Willsie, Andrew Long, Chris Madden, Chris Hajt and Manny Malhotra.

Prior to last year Burnett coached for 16 consecutive years in the Ontario Hockey League. That included 11 consecutive seasons as head coach of the Belleville Bulls and one when the team moved to Hamilton in 2015.

He also coached the Oshawa Generals for four seasons and the Niagara Falls Thunder.

The Port Perry native was twice named OHL coach of the year. He is the sixth-winningest coach in OHL history.

He coached four seasons in the American Hockey League and part of one season for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Burnett was also an assistant coach with the NHL's Anaheim Mighty Ducks for two seasons.

In his past 10 years as an OHL coach he has reached the league finals once, made it to the third round three times, was put out in the first round three times and finished out of the playoffs three times.

As a player Burnett played three seasons with the OHL's London Knights before moving on to play at McGill University.