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ECHL mourns loss of former Augusta coach Burton


The ECHL and its member teams mourn the loss and express their condolences to the family and friends of former August Lynx head coach Jim Burton, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 53 following a heart attack.

Burton coached the Lynx for parts of three seasons from 2000-01 through 2002-03, leading the team to a 61-46-14 record over that time.

He enjoyed a lengthy playing career, including seven seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets when they were part of the International Hockey League. Burton scored 543 points (117-426a) in 545 career games with the Komets and led the team in scoring in 1985-86, the only defenseman to ever lead the team in scoring for a season. He also played eight seasons in Europe and represented Austria in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

Burton is survived by his wife Sandy and sons Kelby and Ryan. Arrangements are pending at this time.