Pulling up stakes to pursue opportunities in a new setting is something Scott Burden feels will provide more quality time with his family.
Burden, a Corner Brook native, is moving his family to Bedford, N.S. to pursue business opportunities and provide his active sons with a great land of opportunity for sports endeavours.
Burden, an active volunteer who served on local minor hockey and baseball executives in the past, decided to make a move after he opted to give up practising law earlier this year.
While he hasn’t ruled out returning to the courtroom down the road, he will give some serious thought to what he wants to pursue in his next chapter of his life.
However, he admits he was thinking about his two active sons when he reached the decision to call Nova Scotia home for now.
The eldest Andrew, 14, excels in hockey, baseball, soccer and basketball and he can also handle himself on a set of alpine skis. Matthew is 12 and appears to be poised to compete with some of the top hockey and baseball players in his age group and daughter Camryn, the youngest at eight, hasn’t had his chance to get in on all the action, but it’s a safe bet she will be influenced by her brothers.
Burden said having boys heavily involved in sports all year long made it easier for him to make the move because he knows there is so much more available to young athletes in Nova Scotia,
He’s very aware of how his sons are feeling about having their lives turned upside down. He knows it’s not a pretty scene having to say farewell to friends after spending so many years hanging out or playing sports together.
“Once he gets over there and realizes how great it is and how many opportunities you have he’ll realize that it’s a good decision,” Scott Burden said Monday as he boarded the ferry to cross the Cabot Strait.
Burden is looking forward to having more time to spend with his family. At home, he said, travelling across the province a dozen times a year to compete against St. John’s is something that takes a toll on people with so many uncertainties with the weather.
At least in Nova Scotia, he knows his sons will have competitive sports to play and the opposition will be so much closer so there’s less travel.
As much as he loves Corner Brook and it will always be home, he’s not going to miss the dreadful winters that Newfoundlanders have become accustomed to over the years.
“Less time on the road means more time with family,” Burden said, noting he spent way too many stormy winters transporting his sons to sports events for his liking.
Andrew, ironically, didn’t make the journey to Bedford with his dad because he’s heading to St. John’s this weekend for a hockey camp with hopes of cracking the provincial Under-15 hockey team that will represent the province at this year’s Atlantic Challenge Cup showcase event in Moncton, N.B.
He’s pretty handy at so many things, but Andrew Burden is clearly devoted to taking hockey to whatever level he can because that’s the sport that provides him with the most satisfaction.
His love for hockey is what drives him to be at the top of his game. So much so, that if taking hockey to an elite level meant being solely committed to one sport instead of a handful he would do just that.
He’s still trying to wrap his head around life without his good buddies around but he’s also going to be open minded to what the future may hold for him.
It might be a little tougher of an adjustment if his parents were taking him away from what they believe will be even bigger and better things when it comes to sports.
“I’m not really looking forward to missing everybody here,” Andrew said.
At least he won’t go too long before sharing a sports venue with his buddies at home.
His parents are going to take care of his flight to ensure he’s in St. John’s for Labour Day weekend to play the final tournament with the Western entry in the provincial U14 boys league and suit up with the Corner Brook Barons in the provincial AAA bantam baseball championship that just happened to be scheduled for the same weekend.
The best way for the boys to handle missing home is to find new friends and teammates. Andrew and Matthew love sports like their dad, so it’s a safe bet they will be fully immersed in the Nova Scotia sports community sooner rather than later.
Matthew does realize, at least that’s a good sign, that there is a positive side to a different landscape.
“Not as much travel and you can be home a lot more,” he said.
*correction to gender of Camryn