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Brent Burns
Brent Burns
Number: 8
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 230
Shoots: Right
Born: Mar 9, 1985  (Age 31)
Birthplace: Barrie, ON, Canada
Hometown: Barrie
Drafted: MIN / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (20th overall)
Is the third Minnesota Wild first round draft pick to make the jump to the NHL the same year he was drafted (Gaborik, 2000; Bouchard, 2002)...Wild’s all-time leader among defensemen in goals (55), GWG (13), PPG (26), assists (128) and points (183)…His 453 games played and 325 PIM ranks second among team blueliners…Franchise leader with five OT goals…Second Wild defenseman (Filip Kuba) to be selected to the NHL All-Star Game…Wild is 34-16-4 all-time when Burns scores a goal.

Set team record for goals (17), points (46) and shots (170) by a defenseman...Recorded career-high 29 assists…Ranked third in goals, tied for third in PPG, 12th in TOI/game (25:02) and tied for 14th in scoring among NHL defensemen...Ranked tied for first on team with eight PPG, second in PIM and tied for fourth in hits (133)...Posted season-best +3 rating vs. DAL (4/10)...Notched seven hits at DET (4/3) and at DAL (12/4)...Registered career-high eight shots at STL (3/29)...Skated season-high 33:24 vs. CBJ (3/19)...Set career-high and team record for goals by defenseman with 16th goal vs. CHI (2/28)...Recorded assist in 18:13 of ice time at 2011 NHL All-Star Game...Tallied 11 points (5-6=11) in 14 December games...Established career-high three-game goal streak (3-0=3, 12/9-12)...Recorded GWG goal in 3-2 OT win at LA (12/11)...Registered first career two goal game with two PPGs at CBJ (11/6)...Collected 100th career assist vs. VAN (10/19)...Suspended two games for careless use of stick (11/13).

Recorded 20 points (3-17=20) including two PPG in 47 games with Minnesota… Ranked tied for second on team in average TOI (22:22)…Notched an assist and deciding SO goal in season-high 28:55 TOI at CGY (4/8)…Tallied an assist in four consecutive games played to set longest point streak of his career (3/7, 3/9, 3/21, 3/23 - missed six games with injury)…Registered season-high six shots, five hits and an assist vs. CGY (3/7)…Was +5 over two-game stretch (2/14-3/3)...Posted career-high +4 rating at CAR (11/15)…Had five assists in seven-game stretch (10/31-11/15)…Tallied two assists vs. CAR (10/24) for only multi-point game of season…Missed 29 games due to concussion (11/20-1/18) and six games with hip injury (3/11-3/19).

Finished third amongst Wild blueliners with 27 points (8-19=27) while skating in 22:25 minutes per game – second on team…Notched five points (1-4=5) in seven-game stretch (2/12-2/22)…Had two assists at SJ (3/5)…Recorded three-game point streak (1-5=6, 12/31-1/4)…Logged franchise record 33:33 in ice time and recorded careerhigh seven shots vs. DET (1/3)…Notched fourth career OT goal and added two assists vs. SJ (12/31)…Recorded goal and assist vs. COL (12/1) to reach 100 career point mark…Had team-high five shots, five hits and an assist vs. DAL (11/26)…Scored three goals in five-game stretch (10/23-10/30)… Missed four games with upper body injury (11/1-11/8), and missed final 19 games of regular season with concussion (3/7-4/11).

Established career highs in games played (82), points (43), assists (28), goals (15), GWG (four) and multi-point games (nine)...Four GWG tied franchise record for a defenseman, his eight PPG were a new team record for a blueliner, as were his 155 shots... Led team in takeaways (61), second in average TOI (23:05) and third in hits (99)...Led defensemen and ranked third on club with +12 rating...Ranked tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in goals and tied for sixth in PPG...Only Wild player to skate in all 82 games and second Wild defenseman ever to accomplish the feat...Wild went 11-1-3 when Burns scored a goal and 7-0-2 when he had two or more points...Finished with 80 PIM – more than he accumulated in first three NHL seasons combined...Went 3-for-5 in shootout attempts... Notched goal and assist vs. NJ (3/13) and career-high seven shots...Recorded goal and assist at ATL (3/7) to establish franchise marks for goals and points by a defenseman in a season...Skated season-high 28:37 vs. LA and picked up assist to tie team record for points in a season by defenseman (34)...Tied team record for goals by defenseman (11) at FLA (2/29)...Tallied game-deciding shootout goal in first career shootout attempt at STL (2/10)...Collected career-high three assists vs. DAL (1/3).

Finished season with a +16 rating to rank second on team...Led team defensemen in goals (seven) and points (18)...Fourth with 86 hits...Tallied 20 points (6-14=20) in final 43 games after tallying five points (1-4=5) in first 34 games...Posted a +3 rating in three games (12/19 vs. VAN; 3/9 at BUF; 3/24 vs. LA)...Capped comeback from a three-goal deficit with the GTG, his first of the season, in a 7-6 shootout victory at NSH (11/16)... Logged season-high 25:10 TOI vs. EDM (1/16)...Became first NHL defenseman since 2003 to score an OT goal in consecutive games vs. COL (3/11) and at VAN (3/13)...Recorded first career playoff point (assist) in Game 2 at ANA (4/13).

Tallied goal in Wild’s 6-3 season-opening victory vs. CGY (10/5)...Posted three-game assist streak (10/16- 10/22) that spanned three Minnesota victories...Tallied first career GWG vs. CBJ (10/29).

Finished second among Houston Aeros defensemen in goals (11) and points (27).

Made NHL debut at CHI (10/8)...Tallied first career assist vs. NYR (10/10)...Notched first NHL goal in third game vs. SJ (10/12)...Forced to miss eight games (10/25-11/15) with a right shoulder separation...Sat out one game with the flu (12/2).

Named OHL Rookie of the Month in March after scoring 19 points (9-10=19) in 14 contests...Led Brampton in playoff scoring with 11 points (5-6=11) in 11 games...Named the second most improved player in the OHL at season’s end by league coaches.

Posted six assists and 20 PIM in six games with the silver medal-winning Canadian squad at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship...Named Best Defenseman at 2008 World Championship after scoring nine points (3-6=9) and +14 rating in nine games helping Canada win silver medal…Tallied five assists in seven games for Canada at 2010 World Championships.

Selected by Minnesota in the first round (20th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Brent Burns, his wife, Susan, and daughter, Peyton, reside in the Twin Cities during the offseason…Names guitar, cycling, swimming and his animals as his favorite hobbies….His animal collection includes four huskies, three parrots, snakes, lizards and two monitors…Goes by the nickname “Burnzie”…Lists Lance Armstrong as his favorite athlete and the per¬son he would most like to meet…Names his father and grandfather as the people who most inspired his hockey career…Lists “Entourage,” “East Bound and Down” and “Big Brother” as his favorite television shows and Shooter, Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan as his favorite movies…Favorite Twin Cities restaurants include Manny’s and Lake Elmo Inn…Lists steak and potatoes as his favorite food and bacon and eggs as his favorite breakfast…Favorite bands include John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy…Says playing in world championships, getting drafted and his first NHL game are the most memorable moments of his hockey career.
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