The next Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey player in our player profile series is forward Cal Burke. The sophomore from Massachusetts is enjoying a breakout season as a member of the Irish’s top six forward group. In 21 games this season, he has recorded 12 goals and 4 assists for 16 points, already surpassing the 11 point total he posted in 35 games last season.
Callahan Burke was born on March 19, 1997 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. He played three years of prep hockey at the prestigious Noble and Greenough school, the same school where current NHL players like Miles Wood, along with brothers Jimmy and Kevin Hayes, played before going pro. In 2014, Burke joined the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL, where he played for two seasons alongside current Notre Dame teammate Andrew Oglevie. He registered 79 points in 121 career regular season games with the Roughriders, including four points in eight playoff games. He served as the captain of Cedar Rapids during the 2015-16 season.
Burke joined Notre Dame before the 2016-17 season and is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business. He was a member of last year’s Frozen Four team. He has recorded a total of 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 56 career games with the Irish. One of his many highlights this season is posting a hat trick against Wisconsin back on December 9th.
A couple great at Cal Burke’s third goal of the night! pic.twitter.com/zGsg34iEGq— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) December 10, 2017
His 12 goals rank him first on the team in scoring this season. Burke’s hot scoring touch is just one of the reasons why Notre Dame is currently enjoying the #1 ranking in the country, and if he continues it, could be a key to the team’s success the rest of the way.