Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Burns
Brent Burns was born March 9, 1985 in Ajax, Ontario. The first round, 20th overall selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Burns is a graduate of the OHL's Brampton Battalion.

After only one season in the OHL, Burns impressive play at training camp earned him a roster sport with the Wild for the 2003-04 season. The former Battalion went on to play 36 games with the Wild scoring his first NHL goal and finishing the campaign wit six points. Although he spent the majority of the season with Minnesota, Burns was lent to Canada's World Junior team in 2004 and helped them reach the gold medal game, only to fall short against the pre-tournament favoured USA squad. After spending a full season with the Houston Aeros of the AHL, Burns earned a spot on the Minnesota Wild and saw regular action throughout the 2005-06 Regular Season.

In Minnesota, Burns began to establish himself as one of the top defenders in the NHL, recording 15 goals and 43 points in 2007-08. His strong play earned him a spot on Canada's silver medal-winning team at the 2008 World Championships in Quebec City.

In 2010-11, Burns would again set career bests in goals (17), assists (29) and points (46), but his best season in Minnesota would also turn out to be his last. On June 24, 2011, Burns was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with a second round draft pick in exchange for Devin Setogouchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round pick.

In San Jose, Burns would emerge as one of the NHL's top defenders. In 2014-15, he recorded 60 points, the second highest output amongst all NHL defenceman. The following season, he found the back of the net 27 times, the most of any blueliner and surpassing his previous career-high.

On the international stage Burns helped Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 World Championship and in the summer of 2016, he helped his homeland to the World Cup of Hockey title.

Burns would lead all defenders in goals and points during the 2016-17 season. He found the back of the net 29 times (12 more than any other rearguard) and added 47 assists for 76 points. At season's end his strong play was rewarded when he received the Norris Trophy as the game's top defenceman.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 Couchiching Terriers ON-Jr.A 46 4 7 11 16
2002-03 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 15 25 40 14 +6 11 5 6 11 6
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 36 1 5 6 12 -10
2003-04 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 1 1 2 -1
2003-04 Canada WJC-A 6 0 6 6 20 +3
2004-05 Houston Aeros AHL 73 11 16 27 57 -11 5 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 72 4 12 16 32 -7
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 7 18 25 26 +16 5 0 1 1 14
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 15 28 43 80 +12 6 0 2 2 6
2007-08 Canada WC-A 9 3 6 9 16 +14
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 8 19 27 45 -7
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 47 3 17 20 32 -15
2009-10 Canada WC-A 7 0 5 5 12 +1
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 17 29 46 98 -10
2010-11 Canada WC-A 7 2 2 4 8 +1
2011-12 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 11 26 37 34 +8 5 1 1 2 4
2012-13 San Jose Sharks NHL 30 9 11 20 20 0 11 2 2 4 8
2013-14 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 22 26 48 34 +26 7 2 1 3 23
2014-15 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 17 43 60 65 -9
2014-15 Canada WC-A 10 2 9 11 4 +12
2015-16 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 27 48 75 53 -5 24 7 17 24 12
2016-17 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 47 76 40 +19 6 0 3 3 6
NHL Totals 879 170 329 499 571 64 12 27 39 73


NHL Foundation Player Award (2015) NHL Second All-Star Team (2016) NHL First All-Star Team (2017) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2017) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017) 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 pick (later traded to Tampa Bay, later traded to Nashville - Nashville selected Pontius Aberg) in 2012 NHL Draft for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and San Jose's 1st round pick (Zack Phillips) in 2011 NHL Draft, June 24, 2011.
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