NHL Second All-Star Team (1957)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1957)
Traded to Detroit by Boston with Ed Sandford, Norm Corcoran, Gilles Boisvert and Warren Godfrey for Terry Sawchuk, Vic Stasiuk, Marcel Bonin and Lorne Davis, June 3, 1955. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Jerry Toppazzini for Lorne Ferguson and Murray Costello, January 17, 1956.
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