The Coyotes have signed Sean Burke to a multi-year contract extension to serve as Assistant to the General Manager/Goaltender Coach.
In addition to his current responsibilities that include overseeing all goaltenders in the Coyotes system and player development, Burke will now work with Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, assistant general manager Brad Treliving and director of hockey administration Chris O’Hearn in all areas of hockey operations.
“We are very pleased to sign Sean to a contract extension,” Maloney said. “For the past three years, Sean has done a tremendous job working with all the goaltenders in our organization helping them improve and succeed on the ice. We look forward to him continuing in this role and also assisting our hockey operations department in all areas of the business.”
Under the guidance of Burke, the Coyotes goaltenders have flourished the past three seasons. In 2011-12, Burke helped Coyotes netminder Mike Smith reach career highs in games played (67), wins (38), goals against average (2.21), save percentage (.930) and shutouts (eighth). Smith ranked fourth in the NHL in wins, tied for third in save percentage, tied for third in shutouts and ranked ninth in GAA. In the post-season, Smith ranked tied for first in shutouts (three), third in save percentage (.944), fourth in wins (nine) and seventh in GAA (1.99).
In addition, in 2011-12, Coyotes goaltending prospect Mark Visentin won the Dave Pinkney Trophy for the Ontario Hockey League’s lowest GAA (shared with Christopher Festarini). In 2010-11, Visentin was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year and was selected to the OHL’s First All-Star Team. He also won bronze (2012) and silver (2011) medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.