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Brent Burns (born March 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, who at times has been utilized as a forward, currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was converted into a defenceman upon turning professional, after being drafted as a right wing (20th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.

Brent Burns
Brent Burns 2016.jpg
Burns with the Sharks in 2016
Born (1985-03-09) March 9, 1985 (age 34)
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
San Jose Sharks
Minnesota Wild
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2003
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2003–present

During the shortened 2012–13 season, and continuing through the 2013–14 season, the Sharks utilized Burns as a forward. Starting with the 2014–15 season, he was returned to defence. At the end of the 2015–16 season, Burns finished third in voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (awarded to the NHL's best defenceman);[1] one year later, at the end of the 2016–17 season, Burns won the award for the first time in his career.[2]

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Burns was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He spent most of his minor hockey career playing for the Barrie Icemen and Ajax Knights of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). He spent two years playing in the Metropolitan Toronto Hockey league (MTHL), now called the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), for the North York Canadiens, along with fellow NHL draftees Anthony Stewart and Geoff Platt. Burns then played his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career as a right winger with the Brampton Battalion in the 2002–03 season. He led the team in playoff scoring that season with five goals and six assists in 11 games. Burns was runner-up for Most Improved Player in the OHL as voted on by Leagues coaches.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

Minnesota WildEdit

 
Burns in 2011

Upon turning professional with the Wild in 2003, Burns was converted to defence by defensively-minded Minnesota Head Coach Jacques Lemaire. He made his NHL debut with the Wild on October 8, 2003, against the Chicago Blackhawks, and scored his first NHL goal in his third game, against the Sharks.[4] Burns played in 36 games with Minnesota in the 2003–04 season, showing flashes of natural ability in rushing from the blueline.[5] After spending the 2004–05 NHL lock-out in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Houston Aeros, Burns adapted as a defenceman and earned a regular spot on the Wild roster for the 2005–06 season, contributing 16 points in 72 games.

In the 2006–07 season, Burns eclipsed his previous season's points total with 25 and became a significant force for the Wild in the latter months of the season, scoring back-to-back overtime winners in March and engaging in two fights during the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.[6]

On October 25, 2007, during the 2007–08 season, Burns signed a four-year contract extension with the Wild.[7] He emerged as one of the Wild's top defencemen, scoring a career-high 15 goals and 43 points.

In the 2008–09 season, Burns was regularly shifted between forward and defence with mild success before he was eventually hampered by a concussion that caused him to miss the final 19 games of the regular season.[8] Burns' concussion was later a point of scrutiny when his agent, Ron Salcer, stipulated that Wild staff had misdiagnosed his symptoms for six weeks with sinusitis, putting Burns at an increased health risk.[9] Burns then had shoulder surgery upon the completion of the Wild season.[10] He finished the injury-marred season with 27 points.

Burns suffered another concussion briefly into his 2009–10 season, beginning to skate again only on January 14.[11] He finished another injury-filled season with 20 points in 47 games.

On November 12, 2010, Burns was suspended for two games for hitting Florida Panthers forward Steve Bernier. Burns hit Bernier on the chin with the knob of the stick, causing Bernier to bleed profusely.

San Jose SharksEdit

During the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Burns, along with a second-round draft pick in 2012, was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick in 2011.[12] With a year still left in his contract with the Wild, Burns signed a five-year contract extension on August 1, 2011, with the Sharks; the deal would pay him $28.8 million over five years, with an average salary cap figure of $5.76 million.[13] In 2013, after rookie defenceman Matt Irwin's acquisition by the Sharks, in March, Burns was moved to forward, where he scored 20 points in 23 regular season games.[14] In the 2013–14 season, Burns played the first eight games of the season, but missed 13 games after October 21 due to sore gums.[15][16] On November 21, Burns returned to the Sharks' line-up and scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5–1 winning effort. On November 29, against the St. Louis Blues, Burns recorded his first career hat-trick in a 6–3 victory.[17]

In August 2014, the Sharks announced that Burns would move back to defense[18] where he scored 17 goals and finished tied for second among NHL defensemen with 60 points. Burns also won the NHL Foundation Player Award for outstanding charitable and community work.[19]

He had a breakout season in 2015–16, finishing with 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists), then had 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Sharks reach the Final for the first time since entering the NHL in 1991.[4]

On November 22, 2016, Burns signed an eight-year $64 million contract extension with the Sharks through 2024–25, with an average annual value of $8 million per year.[20]

In 2017, Burns won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best defenceman. He was also nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, awarded annually to the league's best player as voted by the National Hockey League Players Association.

He played in his 1000th career game on December 27, 2018, in a 4–2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.[21]

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing   Canada
World Championships
  2015 Czech Republic
  2008 Quebec City
Canada Cup / World Cup
  2016 Toronto
World Junior Championships
  2004 Helsinki

Burns was named the best defenceman at the 2008 World Championships as he helped Canada to a silver medal finish as the host country.[5] Two years later, at the 2010 World Championships, Burns led all Canadian defencemen in ice time at 18:29 minutes per game as Canada finished in seventh place.[22] He was also part of the summer camp roster for Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics, though he did not make the final roster cut. At the 2015 World Championships Burns was again named the best defenceman, and a member of the all-star team, as part of Canada's gold medal-winning team.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Burns and his wife, Susan Holder, married in July 2009 and have three kids.[24]

Off the ice, Burns spends his summers in Barrie, Ontario, and Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and is a noted animal enthusiast. His suburban Saint Paul home is nicknamed "Burns Zoo" due to his collection of dogs, cats and dozens of reptiles, mainly snakes.[25] Burns Zoo was subject of a CBC Hockey Night in Canada feature with Elliotte Friedman and on After Hours.

Starting in the 2009 season, Burns purchased a suite at the Xcel Energy Center for members of the military and their families to attend Minnesota Wild home games.[26]

Burns also owns and operates a ranch in Texas where he raises and maintains many species of exotic animals, including Wildebeest, Fallow deer, and more.[27] For his 1000th game, his fellow San Jose Sharks teammates, bought him two antelopes to add to his animal collection.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Couchiching Terriers OPJHL 46 4 7 11 16
2002–03 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 15 25 40 14 11 5 6 11 6
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 36 1 5 6 12
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 1 1 2
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 73 11 16 27 57 5 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 72 4 12 16 32
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 7 18 25 26 5 0 1 1 14
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 28 43 80 6 0 2 2 6
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 8 19 27 45
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 47 3 17 20 32
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 17 29 46 98
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 11 26 37 34 5 1 1 2 4
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 30 9 11 20 20 11 2 2 4 8
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 22 26 48 34 7 2 1 3 23
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 17 43 60 65
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 27 48 75 53 24 7 17 24 12
2016–17 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 47 76 40 6 0 3 3 6
2017–18 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 12 55 67 46 10 3 4 7 6
2018–19 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 16 67 83 34 20 5 11 16 6
NHL totals 1,043 198 451 649 651 94 20 42 62 85

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC   6 0 6 6 20
2008 Canada WC   9 3 6 9 16
2010 Canada WC 7th 7 0 5 5 12
2011 Canada WC 5th 7 2 2 4 8
2015 Canada WC   10 2 9 11 2
2016 Canada WCH   6 0 3 3 6
Junior totals 6 0 6 6 20
Senior totals 39 7 25 32 44

NHL All-Star GamesEdit

Year Location   G A Pts
2011 Raleigh 0 1 1
2017 Los Angeles 1 1 2
All-Star totals 1 2 3

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
NHL
Foundation Player Award 2015
Second All Star Team 2016
First All Star Team 2017
James Norris Memorial Trophy 2017
James Norris Memorial Trophy Finalist 2019
NHL All-Star 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
International
WC Best Defenceman 2008, 2015
WC All-Star Team 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015–16 NHL Awards Voting | Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sharks' defenseman makes history at NHL Awards show". San Jose Mercury News. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Wild Make Forward Brent Burns Available to Canada's National Junior Team". hockeycanada.ca. December 10, 2003. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Brent Burns Stats and News". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Dont forget about the Wilds' Burns". thehockeynews.com. April 7, 2009. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  6. ^ "Brent Burns, Wild thing". Star Tribune. September 15, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  7. ^ "Wild signs Brent Burns to four-year extension". National Hockey League. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  8. ^ "Concussion keeps frustrated Burns off ice". Star Tribune. April 9, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Agent: Playing Burns was health risk". Star Tribune. April 17, 2009. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  10. ^ "Wild's Brent Burns hospitalized overnight after surgery". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. April 23, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.ctvolympics.ca/hockey/news/newsid=20491.html
  12. ^ http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=567124&navid=DL%7CSJS%7Chome
  13. ^ "Sharks sign defenceman Burns to five-year extension". TSN. August 1, 2011. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  14. ^ Dubow, Josh (May 11, 2013). "Sharks rely on rookie D Matt Irwin". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Stubits, Brian (October 21, 2013). "Brent Burns to miss Monday game in Detroit with sore gums". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  16. ^ Pashelka, Curtis (November 19, 2013). "Sharks' Brent Burns could return this week". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  17. ^ McKeon, Ross (November 29, 2013). "Sharks 6, Blues 3". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  18. ^ Gilmore, Eric (August 29, 2014). "Sharks hope Burns' return to defense goes smoothly". National Hockey League. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  19. ^ Relations, NHL (June 24, 2015). "Sharks' Burns receives NHL Foundation Player Award". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Brent Burns signs 8-year contract with Sharks". National Hockey League. November 22, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Sharks Defenseman Brent Burns Plays in His 1,000th Career NHL Game". National Hockey League. December 27, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "CAN – Canada" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 7, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  23. ^ "Burns Named Best Defenseman at IIHF Worlds". San Jose Sharks News. San Jose Sharks. May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  24. ^ "Brent Burns' wife Susan Holder was his longtime Girlfriend". PlayersGF.com – Girlfriend, Wife, Wags & Boyfriend Photo. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  25. ^ "Wildlife increasingly part of life at 'Burns Zoo'". Star Tribune. April 9, 2008. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  26. ^ "Burns ready to return to his old form". Star Tribune. September 14, 2009. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
  27. ^ "Of course Brent Burns bought a ranch in Texas this summer". Bardown. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  28. ^ "Pair of antelope among Brent Burns' epic 1000th game gift haul". Canada News Media.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
A. J. Thelen
Preceded by
Drew Doughty
James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
2017
Succeeded by
Victor Hedman