Brother of Dave WCJHL First All-Star Team (1977, 1978)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981)
Claimed by Pittsburgh from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Traded to Quebec by Pittsburgh for future considerations, October 20, 1985. Traded to Hartford by Quebec for Greg Malone, January 17, 1986.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense