For all of the great players we've had, and all of the amazing feats they've accomplished, only one man can be the first-ever scoring champion. That same man is the only player to have been named to the all-star team every year in the first ten seasons of Burton Hockey's existence. The man who led Burton in all-time goalscoring for nearly a decade. Native Burtonian and proud Hiberno-Ukrainian, Lorne Bilinski. Slightly younger than the most of the original Burton crew, Lorne Bilinski was nevertheless part of the gang right from the beginning; a member of the core founding brigade. With Lorne, there was a special sort of impetuousness that carried through right into Burton Hockey. A sense that he could do whatever he wanted if he put his mind to it. A knowledge that he had the potential to dominate. And so he did. Of the original core, Lorne was the first one to lobby for elite status in Burton Hockey, hovering just under 3.00 PPG. He was the goal scorer's goal scorer; almost always the main offensive threat when he stepped on the rink. While others were content just to show up, Lorne demanded excellence from himself; any session where he was not the top scorer made him angry and frustrated. The desire to score also produced some of the more lopsided Pavel ratios in Burton Hockey. But it paid off; he scored 212 goals and 325 points that first season to win the scoring title. And once that was locked up, he went in net for the hell of it at the end of the year and nearly took that title, too. Amazingly, that 2000 championship was the only title Lorne has won. Myriad camping trips to Whatshan Lake and family travels always seem to ensure that he just misses enough games each year to get close, but no cigar. This fact is even more amazing in that Lorne has only gotten better and dealier as he's matured. In fact, 2004-05 saw him overhaul his game completely, adding a defensive facet that would have been unthinkable in the early years. In fact, when he relocated to the North Shore and joined the VIHL, he became one of the better defensive defencemen in the league! In VRH, Lorne put together a string of four consecutive 3.00 PPG-plus seasons (no one else can claim more than two!). He also began goaltending large parts of the year; a bit rusty at first but back in the .800s for 2009, he was truly a dual threat. Offensively, 2009 started off horribly by his standards (a combination of illness and conditioning), but he's recovered the pace enough in the second half to perhaps make it ten all-star teams in a row. The Lorne Bilinski of 2009 was not recognisable to those who remember the 18-year-old Lorne of 2000: a relaxed, even-handed, two-way player more focused on his team than himself. He's always been really good. But now he's an adult: mature, thoughtful, and a true sportsman, constantly joking and smiling; even the originals, it seems, have grown and developed through the course of Burton Hockey. Lorne's winding things down with Burton Hockey these days, but every so often, that urge always seems to come back... Awards: Scoring Champion - 2000; Most Outstanding Player - 2002; Dual Threat of the Year - 2000 (tie), 2008; 1st All-Star - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008; 2nd All-Star - 2008; 3rd All-Star - 2009; Most Dedicated Team - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Year GP GS G A PTS GPG APG PPG SPG SOG SPCT
2000 131 115 212 113 325 1.84 0.85 2.70 7.37 848 25.00
2001 17 17 33 15 48 1.94 0.88 2.82 6.59 112 29.46
2002 16 16 34 17 51 2.12 1.06 3.19 9.19 147 23.13
2003 72 62 111 72 183 1.79 1.03 2.82 7.69 477 23.27
2004 65 65 114 71 185 1.75 1.09 2.85 6.78 441 25.85
2005 25 25 48 38 86 1.92 1.52 3.44 7.40 185 25.95
2006 72 38 79 59 138 2.05 0.95 3.00 7.92 301 25.91
2007 18 18 44 18 62 2.44 1.00 3.44 7.83 141 31.21
2008 42 25 47 38 85 1.88 1.20 3.08 8.04 201 23.38
2009 140 86 121 102 223 1.41 0.99 2.40 5.08 437 27.69
2010 62 53 57 51 108 1.08 0.91 1.98 5.36 284 20.07
2012 3 3 2 3 5 0.67 1.00 1.67 5.33 16 12.50
Totals 663 523 902 597 1499 1.72 1.00 2.72 6.86 3590 25.10
Year GG SA SV GA SVPG SPCT SO G A S
2000 16 329 271 58 16.94 0.824 3 0 15 4
2003 10 166 127 39 12.70 0.765 0 0 8 2
2006 34 500 384 116 11.29 0.768 1 1 23 5
2008 17 273 201 72 11.82 0.736 0 0 8 1
2009 54 973 780 193 14.44 0.802 2 0 17 4
2010 9 135 102 33 11.33 0.756 0 0 3 2
Totals 140 2376 1865 511 13.32 0.785 6 1 74 18
Year Total 1st (15) 2nd (10) 3rd (5)
2000 180 105 60 15
2001 40 30 10 0
2002 30 30 0 0
2003 70 45 0 25
2004 85 45 40 0
2005 75 45 30 0
2006 50 45 0 5
2007 40 30 10 0
2008 55 45 10 0
2009 85 45 20 20
2010 45 30 10 5
Totals 755 495 190 70

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Shooter

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Burton, BC

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North Vancouver, BC

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