Burke At Home With Sharks

By Dave Nordman
© 2008 Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER, Mass. – Perhaps Matt Burke has a future as a tour guide.

When the Worcester Sharks skated at the Hart Center earlier this week, the former Holy Cross captain fielded more questions than Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

“They figure I must know my way around,” the 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman said.

After all, Burke played in 138 games for the Crusaders, including 30 last season when he had three goals and 11 assists. He finished his four-year career with 15 goals and 50 assists, none bigger than the one that resulted in the overtime goal that stunned top-ranked Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA tournament.

Obviously, Burke is proud of that victory, considered one of the biggest upsets in college sports history. In fact, he went out of his way on the first day of Sharks training camp to introduce himself to former Golden Golpher Gino Guyer, who played in the ECHL each of the last two seasons.

Not that Guyer was in the mood for reminiscing.

“It never gets old,” said Burke, who is hoping to land a spot on the Sharks’ roster. If he doesn’t, he’ll join their ECHL affiliate in Phoenix. Burke played eight games for the RoadRunners at the end of last season and recently signed a new contract with the team.

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