Defense - Shoots Left
Born November 6th 1963 - Brantford, ONT
Height 6.01 Weight 190 [185 cm/86 kg]
Total Games: 122
WPHL Player 57
WPHL Coach 65
52 Regular Season 5 Playoffs 55 Head Coach
Although Jim Burton first became Head Coach of the Austin Ice Bats in 1997, one year after the Ice Bats first season, he is considered by many to be the first legitimate Head Coach the franchise had. In no means is that intended to demean the job by first year Head Coach Blaine Stoughton, but Blaine was also part of the ownership so many looked at his time as Head Coach as part of the teams building process.
As a player Jim spent much of his Jr's time playing for the Windsor Spitfires, which one could conclude had something to do with bringing
from Windsor high scoring forwards Ryan Pawluk, Tim Findlay and Dean Mando to the 1997-1998 Ice Bat team he Coached. As a pro Jim spent 15 years in the upper minors (IHL and AHL) and Europe before
suiting up his last season in Austin. As an Ice Bat he had 72 points and 77 penality minutes in 57 games (combining playoffs) making him by far the most prolific scoring defenseman in Ice Bats
history. During his player campaign at the Ice Bats he was the obvious leader and Captain of the team.
After the 1997-1998 season concluded the Ice Bats ownership group purchased an second WPHL franchise in Little Rock Arkansas named the “Glaciercats” and in doing so opted to move Burton to the new franchise and with him went Ryan Pawluk and Tim Findlay, thus taking three of the top building pieces that looked to be the foundation of that Ice Bats team.