Playing for his country for the fourth time in his career -- won a gold medal for Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championship and a silver medal at the 2004 World Junior.
Played on one of the all-time great Canadian teams at the 2005 World Junior Championship -- along with fellow 2010 Olympians Sidney Crosby, Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Mike Richards.
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