Katie Burt, a Lynn resident who has made her mark from Little League on up to her status as one of the elite women’s hockey goalies in the country, has left an indelible impression on Boston College as well.
Burt is one of two BC students who were named Eagle of the Year Sunday. The other one is baseball infielder Johnny Adams. Both were honored at Sunday night’s Golden Eagle Awards ceremony at the school’s Robsham Theater.
Burt set a new benchmark for goaltenders, not only at Boston College, but nationally at the NCAA level. Originally enrolling at Boston College as a 17-year old – a year ahead of schedule after accelerating her high school graduation – Burt quickly established herself as one of the best players in the collegiate game, a fact she continued to reinforce during her four seasons at The Heights.
Burt closed her career as the NCAA’s career wins leader, backing BC to a record 121 victories in her time in Chestnut Hill. She also anchored the Eagles’ defense to nine championship titles: four straight Hockey East regular-season crowns (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18), three Beanpots (2016, 2017, 2018) and two Hockey East Tournament titles (2016, 2017).
Burt finished her career among the NCAA leaders in every career goaltending category, including wins, winning percentage (fifth), shutouts (fifth), goals against average (tied for ninth), saves (12th) and save percentage (tied for 13th). Burt also holds the Hockey East career records in wins, GAA, minutes played, shutouts, and is in the top 10 in save percentage (tied for second) and saves (ninth). Burt’s name sits atop the Eagles’ goaltending career records in every category except saves, in which she is second.
As a senior this past winter, Burt played every minute of every game – a first for a Boston College goaltender – and set the program record for saves in a season with 1,038. For the third time in her career, she won at least 30 games as the Eagles remained ranked in the nation’s Top 3 for almost the entire season.
A second-team Hockey East All-Star and the winner of the Bertagna Award as the Beanpot’s best goaltender in 2017-18, Burt was a two-time Hockey East Player of the Month and a five-time Hockey East weekly award winner as a senior.
During her time at BC, Burt also spent considerable time with the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Under-22 Select Team and the U.S. Under-18 National Team.