San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 03/09/1985
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: MIN: 2003-20 overall
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011) 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.
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 on Feb. 10 vs. Chicago…Posted three assists on Feb. 2 vs. Dallas…Played in his 500th career NHL game on Jan. 31 vs. Columbus…In his first game at Minnesota since being traded, he posted an assist and was a +1 on Jan. 10…Recorded an assist in his first game against his former team, Minnesota, on Nov. 10…Scored his sixth career overtime goal with a power play tally and added an assist (1-1=2) on Oct. 29 at NY Islanders…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.

CAREER  2010-11: Departed Minnesota the franchise leader in overtime goals (five) and amongst Wild all-time D-men in goals (55), game-winning 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...Suspended two games for careless use of stick on Nov. 13...World Championships: 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…Missed 29 games (Nov. 20-Jan. 18, concussion) and (March 11-19, hip)…World Championships: Tallied five assists for Canada.

2008-09: Third 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 defensemen in 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 Championships: 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. Championship: 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: “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 wrist shots 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.