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OT LONG AFTER two-time Patty Kazmaier Award finalist Molly Schaus graduated from Boston College, women's hockey coach Katie (King) Crowley sat down in Katie Burt's home in Lynn, Mass. As academically and athletical- ly gifted as she was, Burt graduat- ed a year early from Buckingham Browne & Nichols prep school in nearby Cambridge. "I'll never forget the meeting we had with her and her family," said Crowley, realizing she had met a special student-athlete. "For us, probably when we posed the question to her, 'Can you come early?' I think it takes a special person and player to be able to do that." Burt didn't hesitate in the affirmative. " We asked her, 'Don't you want to think about it a little bit?'" Crowley recalled. "She was like, 'Not really.'" The on-ice answers to the same question would emerge over the first three and a half months of Burt's freshman season. "She is super competitive and wants to be successful, wants to win," Crowley said. "When you have that in a goalie, that edge that borders on confidence but not cocky at the position of goaltender, that's huge. You need to have a confident goalie who can handle a lot." Burt's fascination with stopping pucks began when she was in second or third grade and her sixth-grade brother Cory came home from a BC hockey game with a poster involving another Cory — Cory Schneider. "I kind of ... fell in love with Cory Schneider," said Burt, who would go on to make her own mark with the Eagles. "It's kind of come full circle. We trained together a couple of summers ago so I got to know him a little bit." Schneider is only one of many goaltenders that Burt, 22, has drawn from while setting the NCAA career record for victories (121 in 146 appearances, including three 30-win seasons, a career goals-against average of 1.47 and a .937 save percentage). Before her senior year, the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League made Burt the first overall selection in its 2017 entry draft. She responded with an NWHL- high 402 saves in 2018-19. "Obviously, you watch all the goaltenders around the l e a g u e , n o t w o g o a l i e s a r e a l i k e s o y o u t a k e b i t s a n d pieces," she said. "I kind of just went with it growing up until I was 14." Raw talent and competitive spirit, Burt had in spades. But she hadn't yet specialized, mixing in boys' hockey as a skater and girls' hockey as a goalie with a lot of baseball. "I couldn't skate to save my life. I'm not that great a skat- er now, but it's the best it's been," said Burt, only slightly walking back the exagg er- ation. Her biggest regret may be that she never lasted long enough in boys' hockey to add body checking to her game. "I was a big kid and I couldn't wait to get to Peewees, and I was given an ultimatum—goalie. I never ended up checking, but I would have loved it," she said. "All my life what I'd been waiting for was to check and then—whoops—psych." B u r t p e a k e d a t 5 - f o ot - 8 a n d n ow 2 2 i s r e f i n i n g h e r puck-stopping potential more than hitting opponents. 18 // NOVEMBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM BALL Amidst Uncertainty, Katie Burt Continues To Work Hard While Keeping The Game Fun /// By Mick Colageo PHOTOS BY Getty Images Having a Obviously, you watch all the goaltenders around the league, no two goalies are alike so you take bits and pieces. N

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