Brother of Neal and Paul WCHA Freshman of the Year (1980) WCHA First All-Star Team (1981) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1981)
Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey for Bob Brooke, January 5, 1990. Claimed by Quebec from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 1, 1990. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Lucien DeBlois and Michel Petit for Scott Pearson and Toronto's 2nd round choices in 1991 (later traded to Washington Washington selected Eric Lavigne) and 1992 (Tuomas Gronman) Entry Drafts, November 17, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, January 21, 1992.
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