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Burns, son Jagger, skate out on ice together for 1,000th game celebration

Sharks defenseman shares special moment prior to big night

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Father and son take the ice

OTT@SJS: Burns takes the ice with his son

As the Sharks get set to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game, Brent Burns takes the ice alongside his young son, Jagger

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Brent Burns wasn't the only one wearing a No. 88 San Jose Sharks jersey out on the ice for the celebration of his 1,000th career game.

The all-star defenseman skated out of the big shark head at SAP Center with his son, Jagger, before a game against the Ottawa Senators.

Both Burns boys were outfitted with No. 88 jerseys and cameras on their sticks to commemorate the opening skate.

Jagger was the first one out on the ice, followed by Burns, who became the 13th defenseman in NHL history to reach the 1,000th career game milestone against the Anaheim Ducks on December 27.

"He had some good one-liners," Burns said of his son. "He said he was in the All-Star Game so he should be able to play a couple shifts. … It's a special place to play. The way our coaches are, they let our families come in and experience a lot of the things, so he thinks he's part of the team, practicing with the boys and talking to the boys. Just really is a great atmosphere. It's special every day. To share those things with him and the rest of the family, those are things you'll never forget."

ideo: OTT@SJS: Sharks celebrate Burns' 1,000th NHL game

Following the special skate, the team played a tribute video featuring career highlights. Burns was then showered with gifts including the traditional silver stick and a large painting from the organization.

"I can't say enough about the whole Sharks organization, [majority owner} Hasso [Plattner] and (GM) Doug (Wilson), what they did for my family. A lot of people here, they got them all to the game in his suite," Burns said. "Letting Jagger come out of the Sharks head, that's one of the best moments of my life and his life, to share that, it's just - everything they do is first class and really special."

The team's training staff gave Burns with a custom-etched 3 liter bottle of wine.

Teammates got even more personal with their gifts for Burns, an avid outdoorsman.

Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton presented Burns with a real megladon shark tooth estimated to be over 2.6 million years old and announced they have arranged for two antelopes to reside at his offseason home, a 420-acre ranch in Texas.

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