Burton Hockey Scoring: Mapped
What if you were to take the scoring totals of every Burton Hockey player in history and lay them out on a map beginning at Ambleside Park, travelling east across Canada? Assuming 1 point = 1 kilometre, who's the closest to crossing the continent? We've created a Google mash-up to show you what we mean:
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All-time point leader Lee Orr is the farthest along the Trans Canada Highway; as of 22 March 2010, he is just about to enter Broadview, Saskatchewan, having travelled 2,054 kilometres to match his 2,054 career points. Second-place Oliver Koth-Kappus is in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairie between Chaplin and Mortlach. So far, they are the only two players to have made it into Canada's breadbasket.
Some other random observations:
-Lorne Bilinski is a few minutes outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
-Five players in total have made it past Calgary.
-Bernie Koth-Kappus is on Stoney land between Morley and Cochrane, Alberta, which, if you're into puns, is appropriate.
-Kyle Grenier is the farthest-travelled non-original player, having almost made it to Castle Junction, Alberta.
-Justin Gordon is the latest to make it into Alberta, while K.J. O'Connor is navigating the treacherous section of highway east of Golden, BC.
-Joern Hornhardt has just arrived at the ferry landing at Shelter Bay. His burger from the new concession stand will not have cheese upon it.
-The closest actual player to the village of Burton is Graeme Orr, who is not quite at the Ione Falls rest area north of Nakusp; Graeme is the only player in the West Kootenay right now.
-The farthest-advanced of the VRH-exclusive players is Pat Elischer, who currently sits in Cherryville, BC on Highway 6 halfway between Chouinard and North Fork roads. Pat is also the farthest-advanced player currently inside of an town rather than a rural stretch of highway.
-Not far behind Pat are Mitchell Detta and Laird Bilinski, just a kilometre apart on the road between Lumby and Cherryville.
-Ben de Wit is stuck in traffic in West Kelowna.
-Robert Rogers and Joe Chwachka have been trapped on the Okanagan Connector for six years.
-Once you pass Merritt on the Coquihalla Highway, players start to bunch up, especially around the old toll plaza.
-Andrew Smart is the last player trapped in the Lower Mainland; he's in east Hope, 163 kilometres from Ambleside Park.
-Andrew George is enjoying the treehouse and bumper cars at Dinotown.
-J. Downey, K. Detta, J. Warren and Aw. Watson are all enjoying the aroma of east Chilliwack.
-Aaron Anderson is a 20-minute walk from Steve Weatherhead's house in Abbotsford.
-Nathan Wiebe is right outside Trinity Western University in Langley Township.
-Bron Mach is just getting off the Port Mann Bridge as Colby Olsen and Lyle Detta are getting on.
-Ryan Struck is just about to exit onto Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam for a trip to Ikea.
-Shawn Struck is the last player still in Vancouver.
-Nick Reitmeier and Brian Morrow just got off the Second Narrows Bridge.
-Seven players are on the brink of crossing over the Capilano River into North Vancouver.
-Eight players, mostly goaltenders, still lie on the starting line (the speed bump on Argyle Avenue adjacent to the rink in Ambleside Park). Thirty-eight players in total have yet to leave West Vancouver.