Bulldogs sign Burt, trade Hainsworth and Horner

Sailors in town Thursday

By Josh Howald

Gatlin Burt will be back in the Bulldog net when the puck drops on the 2010-11 Western Junior C Hockey season.

Ripley's Garrett Meurs worked out with the Kincadine Bulldogs of the Western Junior C League Sunday night at the Davidson Centre. The Plymouth Whalers forward, drafted by Colorado earlier this summer, looked to be in season-ready form. (Josh Howald photo)

The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs reacquired Burt over the weekend, one of two transactions made by the club.

Once Burt was signed, General Manager Doug Kennedy shipped goaltender Brian Hainsworth to the Mount Forest Patriots, along with defenceman RJ Horner. In return, Kincardine go the rights to Justin Ainslie.

This will be Burt’s second stint with the Bulldogs. He left the team mid-season last year to play for the Listowel Junior B Cyclones of the Midwestern Junior B League. He backed up Anthony Peters on Listowel’s run to the Cherry Cup finals. He led the Western Junior C League in most statistical categories when he left, and instantly makes Kincardine a better team. He has proven in the past he is capable of stealing games.

That leaves three local goalies to battle for the back-up role. Easton Battler and Paul Boyadjian will both challenge Keegan Woodman, who was 5-6-1 last season behind both Burt and Hainsworth. All three of those goaltenders are from Kincardine.

Hainsworth, meanwhile, should start for Mount Forest after his second stint as a Bulldog. The Kitchener native came to Kincardine when Burt left for Listowel mid-season. Horner, from Shelburne, was a dependable defender with limited offensive skills. He had one assists in 32 games for Kincardine last year, but did log a lof of minutes against other club’s best players. He will be expected to be a leader on a young Mount Forest team.

Ainslie is a 19-year-old from Wiarton. The defenceman appeared in just three games last season for Mount Forest before leaving the team.

Kincardine will host Goderich Sailors for an exhibition game tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Davidson Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will play a return match in Goderich on Sunday afternoon.