WHL Coast Division First All-Star Team (1958, 1959)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Detroit in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Claimed on waivers by Detroit from NY Rangers, February 8, 1965. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Selected by Alberta (WHA) in WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.
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