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Burns Named to 2015 Canada IIHF Worlds Team

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE - Hockey Canada announced that San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) has been named to Team Canada's 2015 Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. Burns will join Head Coach Todd McLellan and Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft, who will hold their respective roles on Team Canada's staff.

Burns, 30, finished the 2014-15 season ranking T-2nd amongst NHL blueliners in points (60) and 4th in goals (17) and assists (43, tied). He established career highs in both points and assists this season, and led all Sharks skaters in average ice time per game (23:57) and ranked 2nd in blocked shots (124) and hits (148).

During his NHL career, Burns has recorded 348 points (114 goals, 234 assists) and 478 penalty minutes in 715 career games with Minnesota and San Jose. The two-time NHL All-Star (2015, 2011) has represented Canada at numerous international tournaments, including the World Championships (2015, 2011, 2010, and 2008) and the World Jr. Championships (2004).

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Barrie, Ontario, was originally drafted by Minnesota in the first round (20th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

See the Canada National Team roster here.

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