SAN JOSE - The National Hockey League (@NHL) announced today that San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) has been named as an All-Star for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Columbus, OH, on Jan. 25. The game will take place at 2 pm. PST and be broadcast in the United States on NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN).
Burns, 29, currently ranks tied for first amongst NHL defensemen in goals (11) and third in points (34) after returning to the blueline following two seasons as a forward. His four power-play goals rank tied for fourth among NHL blueliners, while his 119 shots on goals also rank fourth. Burns leads the Sharks in time on ice, skating an average of 23:41 per game.
Burns has recorded 322 points (108 goals, 214 assists) and 449 penalty minutes in 675 career NHL games with Minnesota and San Jose. This is his second career All-Star Game appearance (2011), and his first as a member of the Sharks.
In addition to his on-ice accomplishments, Burns has worked tirelessly to make an impact in the Bay Area and North American communities, supporting organizations such as the Sharks Foundation and Defending The Blueline by participating in numerous events throughout the year. "Burnzie" and his wife Susan created "Burnzie's Buzzcut for Charity in 2013, an event where Burns' teammates shave his hair and his beard, in an effort to raise money for causes close to their hearts. For his work in the community, Burns was named as a 2014 King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee, which is awarded annually "to the player in the League that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on-and off-the-ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
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.