March 9, 1985 |
Barrie, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)|
|San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 2003
William Brent Burns (born March 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing as a defenseman for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Minnesota Wild, during which time he was converted from forward to defenceman. During the 2012–13 season, he began playing again as a forward for the Sharks. After the 2013–2014 season, the Sharks announced that Burns would switch back to defence for the 2014–2015 season.
Burns was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Burns spent most of his minor hockey career playing for the Barrie Icemen and Ajax Knights of the 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 OHL career as a right wing 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 the leagues coaches.
Upon turning professional with the Wild in 2003, Burns was converted to defense by defensively minded coach Jacques Lemaire. Burns played in 36 games with Minnesota in the 2003–04 season, showing flashes of natural ability in rushing from the blueline. After spending the 2004 NHL Lockout in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Houston Aeros, Burns adapted as defenceman and earned a regular spot on the Wild team in 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 later months of the season, scoring back-to-back overtime winners in March and two fights during the playoffs.
On October 25, 2007, during the 2007–08 season, Burns signed a four-year contract extension with the Wild. Burns emerged as the Wild's best defenseman, establishing a career-high 15 goals and 43 points.
In the 2008–09 season, Burns was shifted between forward and defense with mild success, before he was hampered by a concussion which caused him to miss the final 19 games of the season. 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. Burns then had shoulder surgery upon the completion of the Wild season. He finished the injury-marred season with 27 points.
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.
During the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Burns along with a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was traded to the Sharks in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 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. In 2013, after rookie defenseman Matt Irwin's acquisition by the Sharks, in March, Burns was moved to forward, and scored 20 points in 23 regular-season games. In the 2013–14 season, Burns played the first eight games, but missed 13 games after October 21 due to sore gums. On November 21, Burns returned to the Sharks and scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the Sharks won the game, 5–1. On November 29 against the St. Louis Blues, Burns recorded his first career hat trick in a 6–3 victory.
Burns was named the best defenceman at the 2008 World Championships as he helped Team Canada to a silver medal finish as the host country. He was also part of the Summer Camp roster for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but did not make the final roster cut. Two years later at the 2010 World Championships, Burns led all Canadian defencemen in ice time at 18:29 minutes a game as Canada finished in seventh place.
Off the ice, Burns spends his summers in Barrie, Ontario, and Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and is a noted animal enthusiast and strong social liberal. His suburban Saint Paul home is nicknamed "Burns Zoo", due to his collection of dogs, cats, and dozens of reptiles, mainly snakes. Burns Zoo was subject of a CBC Hockey Night in Canada feature with Elliotte Friedman and on After Hours. In July 2009, Burns married his longtime girlfriend Susan Holder. The couple welcomed their first child, a 7-pound, 11-ounce girl named Peyton Gabriann, on March 31, 2010; on June 23, 2011, the couple welcomed their second child, a son named Jagger Stephen Patrick. Starting in the 2009 season, Burns purchased a suite at the Xcel Energy Center for members of the military and their families to attend Wild home games.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
NHL All-Star Games
- International play
- 2008 IIHF World Championships – Best Defenceman
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- "Dont forget about the Wilds' Burns". thehockeynews.com. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Brent Burns, Wild thing". startribune.com. 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Wild signs Brent Burns to four-year extension". wild.nhl.com. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Concussion keeps frustrated Burns off ice". startribune.com. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Agent: Playing Burns was health risk". startribune.com. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Wild's Brent Burns hospitalized overnight after surgery". cbc.ca. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Sharks sign defenceman Burns to five-year extension". TSN. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Dubow, Josh (2013-05-11). "Sharks rely on rookie D Matt Irwin". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
- Stubits, Brian (2013-10-21). "Brent Burns to miss Monday game in Detroit with sore gums". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- Pashelka, Curtis (2013-11-19). "Sharks' Brent Burns could return this week". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- McKeon, Ross (2013-11-29). "Sharks 6, Blues 3". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- "CAN - Canada" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Wildlife increasingly part of life at 'Burns Zoo'". startribune.com. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- "Burns ready to return to his old form". startribune.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
|Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
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