San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 03/09/1985
AGE: 30
DRAFTED: MIN: 2003-20 overall
NHL Foundation Player Award (1)
NHL Foundation Player Award (2015) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2015) Missed majority of 2003-04 on assignment to Team Canada and as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to head injury vs. Phoenix, November 18, 2009. Traded to San Jose by Minnesota with Minnesota's 2nd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay, later traded to Nashville Nashville selected Pontius Aberg) in 2012 Entry Draft for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and San Jose's 1st round choice (Zack Phillips) in 2011 Entry Draft, June 24, 2011.
2013-14: 4th on the team in goals (22). Set a career high for goals and points (48) and reached the 20-goal plateau for first time in his career. Named the Sharks 2014 King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee. Was a nominee for the NHL’s Foundation Award. Had 4g- 9a in his last 13 games. 2nd on the team in hits 145. Posted a five-game point streak (2-5=7) from Mar. 25-Apr. 3. Had a twopoint night (1-1=2) on April 1 vs. Edmonton. Tallied a goal and an assist on March 20 vs. Anaheim. Recorded a goal and an assist on March 18 vs. Florida. Scored twice on March 6 vs. Pittsburgh. Played in his 600th career game on Jan. 18 at Tampa Bay. Extended his goal scoring streak to three games (ties career high) with a goal and an assist on Dec. 29 vs. Anaheim. Tallied a goal and an assist on Dec. 27 at Phoenix. Recorded a goal and two assists on Dec. 23 vs. Colorado. Scored first career hat trick and a career high four points (3-1=4) on Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis. Returned to the lineup on Nov. 21 vs. Tampa Bay and scored a goal. Missed 13 games (upper body). Scored a goal and an assist on Oct. 10 at Vancouver. Scored his first goal of the season, San Jose’s first goal of 2013-14, and fired 5 shots on goal on Oct. 3 vs. Vancouver. Playoffs: Led the team in shots on goal (33). Scored a powerplay goal and had a game-high seven shots in Game 3 of the WCFR at Los Angeles on April 22. Recorded a multi-point game (1- 1=2), plus-2 rating and five shots in Game 1 vs. Los Angeles on April 17.

2012-13: T-5th on the team in points (9-11=20) in just 30 games played. Had 20 points (9-11=20) in 23 games after converting to forward on March 12 (this total does not include March 30 vs. Phoenix where he played D). Named the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for March. Tied his career-high with his three-game goal streak (3-1=4) from March 25 – 28. Played forward for the first time as a Shark on March 12 and scored his first goal of the season. Missed first 10 games of the season due to injury. Playoffs: 2nd on the Sharks in hits (36), T-6th on the team in points (4) and T-5th in goals (2). Led the team with eight PIM and ranked 4th in shots (31). Tallied two assists, including the primary on the OT game-winning goal, in Game 2 of the WCQF at Vancouver.

2011- 12: T-11th amongst League defensemen in goals (11). 2nd amongst team defensemen in shots (201), which was 10th amongst League defensemen. 4th on the team in blocked shots (117). Posted three assists onFeb. 10 vs. Chicago. Posted three assists on Feb. 2 vs. Dallas. Played in his 500th career NHL game on Jan. 31 vs. Columbus. Scored his first goal as a Shark on Oct. 15 vs. St. Louis. Posted an assist in his Sharks debut on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix. Playoffs: Scored a goal and added an assist in five playoff games.

2010-11: Departed Minnesota the franchise leader in overtime goals (five) and amongst Wild all-time D-men in goals (55), gamewinning goals (13) and points (183)…Set Wild team record for points in a season by a defenseman (46).  Amongst League defensemen: third in goals, T-3rd in PPG, 12th in TOI/game and T-14th in points. Ranked T-1st on team in power play goals (eight), second in PIM and T-4th in hits (133). Set career high and team record for goals by defenseman with 16th vs. Chicago on Feb. 28. Recorded assist in 18:13 of ice time at 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Recorded three points (two assists) at San Jose on Jan. 22 and vs. Phoenix on Jan. 2. Tallied 11 points (five goals and six assists) in 14 December games. Established career-high three-game goal streak, Dec. 9-12. Scored game-winner in 3-2 OT win at Los Angeles on Dec. 11. Registered first career two-goal game with two power play tallies at Columbus on Nov. 6. Collected 100th assist vs. Vancouver on Oct. 19. World Ch: Tied for team lead amongst defensemen in goals and second in points.

2009-10: T-2nd on team in average TOI (22:22). Tallied an assist in four consecutive games played to set longest point streak of his career (March 7-23). Posted career-high plus-4 at Carolina on Nov. 15. Had five assists over seven games (Oct. 31-Nov. 15). Tallied two assists vs. Carolina on Oct. 24 for only multi-point game of season. World Ch. Tallied five assists for Canada.

2008-09: 3rd amongst blueliners in scoring. Logged franchise record 33:33 TOI and recorded career-high seven shots vs. Detroit on Jan. 3. Notched fourth career OT goal and added two assists vs. San Jose on Dec. 31. Recorded goal and assist vs. Colorado on Dec. 1 to reach 100 points. Missed four games (Nov. 1-8, upper body), and final 19 (March 7-April 11, concussion).

2007-08: Established career highs in games played (82 — only Wild player to skate in every game and just the second defenseman in club history) and game-winning goals (four). Four GWG tied franchise record for a defenseman, his eight PPG set a Wild record for blueliners. Led team in takeaways (61), second in average TOI (23:05) and third in hits (99). Led defensemen and ranked third on club with plus-12 rating. T-5th among NHL defensemenin goals and T-6th in PPG. Finished with 80 PIM — more than he accumulated in first three NHL seasons combined. Tallied game-deciding shootout goal in first career shootout attempt at St. Louis on Feb. 10.  World Ch: Named Best Defenseman and posted a plus- 14 rating as Canada won the silver medal.

2006-07: Second on Wild with a plus-16. Led team defensemen in goals and points. Fourth with 86 hits. Became first NHL defenseman since 2003 to score an OT goal in consecutive games: vs. Colorado on March 11 and at Vancouver on March 13. Playoffs: Recorded first playoff point (assist) in WCQF Game 2 at Anaheim.

2005-06: Posted three-game assist streak from Oct. 16-22. Tallied first career GWG vs. Columbus on Oct. 29.

2004-05: Played for Todd McLellan, who was Houston’s head coach. Finished second among Houston defensemen in goals and points.

2003-04: Made NHL debut at Chicago on Oct. 8. Tallied first assist vs. the Rangers on Oct. 10. Notched first NHL goal in third game vs. San Jose on Oct. 12. Missed eight games (Oct. 25-Nov. 15, separated right shoulder). World Jr: Helped Canada win silver medal.

2002-03: Named OHL Rookie of the Month in March after scoring 19 points (10 assists) in 14 contests. Named the second most improved player in the OHL at season’s end by league coaches. Playoffs: Led Brampton in scoring.

PERSONAL: Awarded the California Commendation Medal from the California National Guard for his contributions to the military members serving in the community. “Burnzie” lists these as his favorites: Gavin Degraw, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban (musicians); Goon (hockey movie); work ethic (personal quality); Italian, Indian, Sushi (food); Soccer, cycling, surfing (sports besides hockey); Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman (hockey idols); Los Angeles (NHL road city); Getting drafted and playoffs (hockey moments) would be in the military if not playing in the NHL. Feels as if he has better suits than both Don Cherry and Don Draper prefers wristshots to slap shots. If he could have dinner with anyone in history it would be Lance Armstrong, Kate Beckinsale, and Wayne Gretzky. Equipment he pays most attention to is his sticks. Thinks Joe Thornton is the best Shark under pressure. Acknowledges that he is most likely to overpack for the road.