MARLBORO, MA -Cal Burke, who first came to the Junior Bruins in the spring of 2005, made his college choice and he will be heading to Notre Dame to play for Coach Jeff Jackson and the Fighting Irish. While the Boxborough, MA native will be heading to the midwest and South Bend, IN for college, he will back to the Boston area often as Notre Dame is joining Hockey East.
Burke, who was a key player on the vaunted Junior Bruins 1997 AAA tournament team, from day one. He was there for their first tournament together in Toronto in May of 2005 when they beat Little Caesar’s in overtime at the OTTF Spring Classic to capture the first of nearly 30 tournament titles. Burke joins teammates, from that B’s team years ago, Jeremy Bracco (Harvard), Noah Hanifin (Boston College), Colin White (Boston College) & Lincoln Griffin (Northeastern), that have already made college commitments. So much for the adage that players who are elite at the mite level never end up elite. Burke has been a difference making forward, at every level, since he was a mite.
In each year since the 1997 teams inception in ’05, Burke has been wearing the black and gold every spring and summer, and was a key cog in a team that may be the best in Junior Bruins history. The 97′s were a wrecking machine and they ran out to a 55-0-3 record and won their first 10 straight tournaments they entered that covered a four year stretch.
He played his youth hockey for the Minuteman Flames and joined the Little Bruins three years ago when he enrolled at Nobles.
“Cal is a coaches dream,” Chris Masters commented. “He does everything at a high level, puts the team first and has a high compete level. He is as smart without the puck as he is with it and has a scoring touch to go along with being a complete player. He will beat you with skill and speed but also is effective when the game is more physical. There are players who can only be effective playing one style and when they game doesnt suit that style, the player can’t get much done. One of the great things about Cal is that, no matter the style of game and tempo the game is played at, he can be a dominant player.”
Congrats to Cal and his family!
2005 OTTF Spring Classic Championship Picture Burke picture top row (right) standing