SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that defenseman Brent Burns has been selected as the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) "Sharks Player of the Month" for March.
Burns ranked T-1st on the team in points (10) during the month of March, and paced the team with 10 assists in 13 games. He recorded seven of those assists in eight road games during the month, posting an even plus/minus rating in those eight road contests. Burns' 10 helpers ranked T-1st amongst all NHL defensemen during March. He closed out the month by picking up at least one assist in seven of eight games (0-7=7) from March 14 vs. Chicago to March 29 at Pittsburgh.
This season, Burns ranks 2nd amongst NHL blueliners in points (56) and T-4th in goals (16) and assists (40). He has established career highs in both points and assists this season, and leads all Sharks skaters in average ice time per game (24:00) and blocked shots (118).
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team's success each month. The Sharks Player of the Month and Year award program has donated more than $300,000 to the Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
This is the third time that Burns has received the honor.
For a complete list of the previous winners of the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" Award, please click here