Rapid City Rush names Scott Burt as new Head Coach
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Wednesday, the Rapid City Rush named Scott Burt as the team’s fourth Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations.
Coach Burt will assume the mantle as the team enters its 14th season of hockey this October.
Fans can meet Coach Burt for the first time this Saturday at the team’s annual “Select-A-Seat” event at the Monument Ice Arena from 11am-1pm.
“This is an exciting day for the Rush organization, and our community of Rapid City as we begin a new era. I am honored and thrilled to announce Scott Burt as the fourth Head Coach in Rapid City Rush history,” said Spire Hockey President Todd Mackin. “When we began this process in June, I expressed that I wanted our new coach to be a community leader, young and energetic, and to be a winner. ‘Burtie’ checks every single one of those boxes. He has worked tirelessly as an assistant coach over the last decade to earn this opportunity to lead a team of his own. He’s developed elite talent that’s achieved great things in the NHL and internationally, he’s worked with many different coaches and players, and is incredibly well-respected in our league. He understands what goes into a playoff and championship culture. His name is on the Kelly Cup three different times, and I look forward to watching him work towards a fourth etching of his name on that trophy with our organization in the seasons to come.”
A native of Mackenzie, British Columbia, Burt, 44, previously served as the Assistant Coach of the division rival Idaho Steelheads, leading the Steelheads to a 36-18-3-4 record in 61 games in the 2019-20 season prior to the season’s conclusion due to COVID-19. That year, Idaho was one of the only seven teams in the ECHL to have 20 or more winds on home ice.
Prior to the Steelheads, Burt began his coaching with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces for two seasons, 2011-2013, and served six seasons in the major-junior level as the Assistant Coach of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. In five of the six seasons, he helped the Chiefs to the playoffs and advanced as far as the Western Conference Finals in 2019.
He also helped develop young talent that advanced to the National Hockey League, including 2021 World Champion Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings), 2020 World Junior Champion and 2021 NHL ALL-Rookie selection Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils), and two-time World Junior Championship bronze medalist and AHL All-Star Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers).
His coaching phase followed 13 seasons as a forward in the WCHL, ECHL and AHL. As a player, Burt made the playoffs in all but two of his 13 seasons, played for his league championship in six different occasions, and twice was named the Captain of his team, rotating as Steelheads Captain in 2007 and as Aces Captain from 2009-2011. Burt is a three-time Kelly Cup Champion, one of only six people with his name on the ECHL’s most coveted prize three times, winning titles with Idaho in 2004 and 2007, and in his final professional season with the Aces in 2011.
Overall, in his 13-year playing career in the ECHL with the Toledo Storm, Wheeling Nailers, Alaska Aces, and Idaho Steelheads in both the ECHL and WCHL, Burt earned 203 goals, 259 assists, 461 points, and 1,266 PIM in 739 games. Prior to turning professional, he played in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Swift Current broncos, Edmonton Ice, and Red Deer Rebels, registering 172 points and 354 PIM in 254 games.