Burnett Attends Skate Day
Photo provided by the Burnetts
Larry Pruner of The Tri-City News has the latest on Garrett Burnett
From the picture, Coquitlam native Garrett Burnett looks fine. He’s doing OK, his father confirmed Thursday, but he’s a long way from normal.
Bob Burnett told The Tri-City News that his 31-year-old son is recovering well but continues to undergo intensive physio rehabilitation after he was assaulted outside the Delta nightclub Cheers last Dec. 26.
Garrett was a special guest, along with two other players –– Doug Macdonald and Jeff Tambellini –– from the Tri-Cities to have made the National Hockey League. Garrett’s No. 55 on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, with whom he played 39 games in the 2003-04 season, will hang in honour in the new rink along with Macdonald’s former No. 44 with the Buffalo Sabres and Tambellini’s current No. 15 with the New York Islanders. Jeff Tambellini was represented at the ceremony by his dad, Steve Tambellini, the Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager.
Bob believes his son’s progress has been accelerated because of Garrett’s rigorous training regimen as a pro athlete. The six-foot-three Garrett beefed up to over 250 pounds to skate in the North American Hockey League this season with Quebec’s Summan Chiefs. Garrett also played Senior ‘A’ lacrosse last summer with the New Westminster Salmonbelles and is a former member of the Coquitlam Adanacs.
“It far exceeds where he should be.” Bob said. “Garrett’s elite physicality pulled him through this. But he’s not your average guy when it comes to getting through something like this. He’s always worked out incredibly hard, sometimes four or five hours a day.”
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It’s great to see Garrett on the road to recovery. I have no doubt his own strength, plus the strength of his family will help him through this.