Burman and McAdam sign
Flames have signed a pair netminders for the coming season with the addition of Canadian Taz Burman and American Eamon McAdam.
McAdam made his European debut last season in Denmark with 17 starts at Esbjerg Energy where he posted a 91.4 save percentage and a 2.88 goals against average.
The 27 year old was a 2013 3rd round pick of the NHL’s New York Islanders before spending the next 3 college seasons at NCAA Penn State Nittany Lions where he posted a 90.5 save percentage to go a 3.27 goals against average and was a 2nd All-Star selection in his final term. He completed that season with his pro debut at Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.
The 6’3”, 200lb stopper iced 26 games with the Tigers the following season where he averaged 2.90 goals against and an 89.7 save percentage before a nearly 92 save rate in 17 ECHL starts at Missouri Mavericks. From 2017-2018 through 2020-2021, the native of Pennsylvania continued to split time between leagues with AHL stops at Toronto Marlies, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Binghamton Devils, and ECHL appearances at Newfoundland Growlers, where he won the Kelly Cup championship in 2019, before time with Adirondack Thunder and Jacksonville icemen.
25 year old Burman will make his pro debut at Spectrum after four seasons of Canada West USports collegiate hockey; two at University of Lethbridge Pronghorns ahead of a pair of terms at University of Alberta. Last season the native of Vancouver made 11 starts for the Golden Bears while posting a 92 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average to go with a 1.67 average in 5 playoff starts while helping lead the side to the Canada West conference title and a place in the Championship Final game at the National tournament.
Ahead of his academic-athletic path, the 6’1”, 170lb stopper spent four junior seasons in the Western Hockey League with Red Deer Rebels, Seattle Thunderbirds and Swift Current Broncos. He completed junior eligibility at BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers with a 91.6 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average in 35 starts.
“For the most part we have carried two foreign and one domestic goaltender on the roster since we have been in Elite League,” explained Paul Dixon. “Although we didn’t do that until the end of last season, we know that there are a lot of games, and it is better with a bigger netminding roster from the off.”
“We think it is a great mix with Eamon who has a long track record of pro hockey behind him now, and a lot of success over the years, to go with a little younger guy in Taz who is hungry to start a pro career after being a double overtime goal away from backing his team to a national title with a solid programme that has produced many of our recent star players.”
“Both of them are very eager to join us, and we couldn’t be more excited at the goaltending prospects we think we have set for the year ahead.”