No one has had more of an impact on Burton hockey than Kyle Kusch. Without Kyle's singular dedication and commitment Burton Hockey as we know it would not exist. Perhaps that is the highest compliment that can be payed, and hes accomplished all this having never played a single game.

The story begins in April of 2000, when a group of friends organized hockey at the newly minted John McCormick Memorial Park (since renamed the ALHS Archives Arena at John McCormack Memorial Park). Kyle was invited to come and watch, and jokingly “to keep stats”. He took the latter comment to heart and in Kyle Kusch fashion did a meticulous job of recording the days statistics, using only a couple inches of graphing paper. A few days later another session took place and Kyle again took stats. After the second session just having the stats wasn't enough for Kyle (and would never be) and he posted them to his website. Burton Hockey was changed forever. New excitement generated from sessions having a sense of permanence. There were records to be broken, standards to be bested, and the new league now had a home. New players wanted to join to add their names to this list and see how they'd measure up. The league took off, and by the end of the first official year you could be sure players would notify Kyle to make sure he hadn't missed their point!

Kyle's influence hardly ends with the recording and entering of stats. Whether its -30 or +45 Kyle is undaunted and ready to go. Neither rain nor sleet, nor snow can fetter his fiery fanaticism. Whenever the chance arises to organize another skirmish, nobody blows the war horn louder than Kyle Kusch. He became the self anointed commissioner of Burton Hockey in 2000, and developed the structures and rules that govern todays sessions in both VRH and BUSH. While it was Stefan Klopp's brilliant design that took the website to the next level, it was Kyle Kusch driving the content. Long after we've gone home Kyle is still writing the kind of in-depth statistical analysis Wall Street would pay millions for with a vernacular to make sports commentators wet. The player bios, the news articles, and the staggeringly detailed statistical analysis are the work of Kyle Kusch. No record, no matter how obscure, has escaped the claws of his photographic memory.

If you find him having not yet received his stats, you may mistake him for an eager schoolgirl waiting for a date. You might even see him pacing excitedly back and and forth across the room, rubbing his hands together and checking his email every two minutes. And when the stats finally arrive, when he opens that sacred document, it is as if he were opening the gates to Elysium itself and a world of boundless bliss beyond. Hallelujah. Total ecstasy. So, does that make Kyle a nerd? Hell no, he's an ueber nerd. But not the kind who craves bearded dwarfs and dainty elves. No it's bearded hillbillies, and urban hipsters battling it out with hockey sticks that he pines for.

With the utmost precision and diligence he continues to chronicle the exploits of Burton Hockey's heroes and preserves their greatest moments in the annals of history. Creating the SDF and GDF to measure dominance, the yearly Burton Hockey awards, a three star points system, and recording every streak known to man are a scant few of the ways in which Kyle continually seeks to reward great play and commitment. While there are many important backbones to Burton hockey, Kyle Kusch is undoubtedly the soul. He never stops innovating or pushing the league to new heights and his success is obvious. The pairing of Stefan and Kyle's formidable skills has taken Burton Hockey far beyond anyones wildest dreams.

Over the past 10 years Kyle has created an image for Burton Hockey that far outweighs it's humble beginnings. Through everything the game has remained true to it roots, which is, and always has been a gathering of friends, something Kyle's kept close to his heart. His efforts have helped unite us in the great tribe of Burton Hockey not just as players but as lifelong friends. His formidable memory preserves the most precious moments of yesteryear from the darkness of oblivion, his energy and enthusiasm ensure that the flame of Burton Hockey remains always alight. His devotion guarantees that as long as he's captaining the ship, Burton Hockey will continue to boldly go where no recreational roller hockey league has gone before. His massive contributions, enthusiasm for the game, and continued effort is the epitome of dedication. While we could wax forever on Kyle's talents and his importance to the game its his humor, his humility, his commitment to excellence in what he does that make us so blessed to have him as a commissioner and as a friend. As such, Kyle Kusch is the absolute embodiment of Burton Hockey.
Year GP GS G A PTS GPG APG PPG SPG SOG SPCT
2000 1946 1513 1498 1354 2852 0.99 0.83 1.82 4.19 6346 23.59
2001 263 191 262 218 480 1.37 1.01 2.38 5.90 1127 23.25
2002 247 186 205 175 380 1.10 0.81 1.91 6.54 1217 16.84
2003 971 747 854 814 1668 1.14 0.99 2.13 5.03 3756 22.74
2004 1343 1076 1035 1013 2048 0.96 0.89 1.85 4.15 4470 23.15
2005 651 511 564 579 1143 1.10 1.09 2.20 4.99 2551 22.11
2006 1482 1109 1407 1280 2687 1.27 1.06 2.33 6.18 6858 20.50
2007 529 408 446 431 877 1.09 0.99 2.08 5.03 2052 21.73
2008 380 288 352 292 644 1.22 0.95 2.18 5.43 1563 22.52
2009 3712 2862 3162 3201 6363 1.10 1.02 2.13 5.67 16218 19.50
2010 4792 3716 3973 4330 8303 1.07 1.06 2.13 5.27 19594 20.27
2011 2705 2121 2190 2479 4669 1.03 1.09 2.12 5.46 11582 18.91
2012 1822 1528 1095 1362 2457 0.72 0.86 1.57 3.64 5566 19.67
2013 913 708 811 857 1668 1.14 1.14 2.28 6.01 4255 19.04
2014 618 482 505 622 1127 1.05 1.20 2.25 6.23 3001 16.83
2015 564 448 423 484 907 0.94 1.03 1.98 5.64 2526 16.75
2017 84 66 69 75 144 1.05 1.05 2.09 4.73 312 22.12
Totals 23022 17960 18851 19566 38417 1.05 1.01 2.06 5.18 92994 20.27
Year GG SA SV GA SVPG SPCT SO G A S
2000 433 6317 4818 1499 11.13 0.763 26 1 99 7
2001 72 1133 871 262 12.10 0.769 3 0 25 0
2002 61 1226 1022 204 16.75 0.834 2 0 25 7
2003 224 3783 2931 852 13.08 0.775 9 0 74 4
2004 267 4666 3627 1039 13.58 0.777 8 0 58 0
2005 140 2572 1998 574 14.27 0.777 5 0 21 1
2006 373 6916 5509 1407 14.77 0.797 23 1 103 6
2007 121 2046 1599 447 13.21 0.782 6 0 28 0
2008 92 1561 1209 352 13.14 0.775 0 0 17 1
2009 850 16241 13076 3165 15.38 0.805 32 0 280 20
2010 1076 19631 15663 3968 14.56 0.798 50 1 378 27
2011 584 11525 9339 2186 15.99 0.810 21 0 163 7
2012 294 5579 4489 1090 15.27 0.805 18 0 54 3
2013 205 4255 3449 806 16.82 0.811 7 1 51 3
2014 136 3022 2513 509 18.48 0.832 5 0 43 3
2015 116 2523 2091 432 18.03 0.829 3 0 21 0
2017 18 312 243 69 13.50 0.779 0 0 6 0
Totals 5062 93308 74447 18861 14.71 0.798 218 4 1446 89

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