Cumming "Cummy" Burton

Cummy Burton - CKSO AM FM TVBirthplace:
Sudbury, Ontario

Birthdate:
May 12, 1936

Deceased:
August 24, 2015

Photo:
Top right, Detroit (1957)
Below, Family

In addition to being a sports announcer and commentator on CKSO Radio and TV, Cummy Burton (real name Cumming) played professional hockey.

He joined the OHA's Windsor Spitfires in 1952-53.  He garnered seven goals and eleven points throughout 54 games.  The next three years of his junior career were spent in Hamilton as a member of the Tiger Cubs. In his first year Burton scored 30 goals and 55 points in 58 contests.  Even though his playing time was limited due to injuries he managed 16 points on six goals and ten assists in 28 games in the 1954-55 season.  In his final junior year, he scored 31 times, earning 61 points in 38 games.

Then in the fall of 1955 Burton signed a pro contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Used in three games he never made the score sheet.  The next two seasons were spent in Edmonton with the Flyers of the WHL. Halfway through that second season (1957-58) Burton rejoined the Red Wings in the NHL for a 26-game stint scoring one assist. The following year his time was split between the Seattle Totems of the WHL and the Red Wings. In 14 games with Detroit, he scored one assist.  As a 21-year-old rookie, he roomed with Gordie Howe and played with Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay.

Burton's pro career took him back to Sudbury with the Wolves of the EPHL. Over three years he provided consistent, steady offense, resulting in season earnings of 58, 36 and 49 points respectively.

Cumming (Cummy) Burton - CKSO AM FM TV CIGM FM - Cambrian Broadcasting SudburyBurton was back in Edmonton for 1962-63 with the Flyers.  In the spring of 1963, he was moved to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL dressing for three games.  Burton played a year with the Charlotte Checkers of the EHL before leaving hockey.  However three years later he returned for one more year of pro hockey in 1967-68 with the EHL's Florida Rockets. He scored seven times and had 27 points in 52 games and then decided on permanent retirement from hockey.

Burton was the nephew of Larry Aurie, a star player with the Detroit Red Wings from the 1930's who captained the team to Stanley Cups in 1936 and 1937.  Aurie wore the number 6 jersey until he retired in 1939.  No other player would wear the Detroit number 6 jersey until Cummy Burton was granted special permission to do so during his 43-game tenure with the Wings in honour of Larry Aurie.

There is some noted confusion over rather Aurie's number is actually retired.   In the 1990's, Aurie's family pressed the Red Wings organization to immortalize No 6 in the rafters.  The Red Wings officially announced they would not formally retire the jersey, but they did promise to keep the number out of circulation in memory of Aurie, thus No 6 would never be worn again by any other player.

A botched knee operation in Detroit hastened the end of his playing career.  He switched tracks and went on to greater success as Sports Director at CKSO.  He also hosted his own TV show, "Diaper Downs", a local hit.

In his lifetime Cummy also worked for the railway, sold automobiles and served as a constant promoter of the Burton Gold Mine.

Mr. Burton served as Master of Ceremonies for the House of Kin Sports Celebrity Dinner & Awards from the years 1973 to 1976.  Then in the 2012 edition, Cummy was himself inducted into the House of Kin Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame being recognized in both the athlete and media categories.

In more recent times Cummy was inducted into Hockey Heritage North in which NHL players born in Northern Ontario are honoured.

He died on August 24, 2015 in Sudbury at age 79.  He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Suzie, and his children Mike, Christy, George and Cummy Jr.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Gayle Sawdon and his son Marty Burton.