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Burns Voted Winner of Sharks Fan Favorite Award

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks /

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) announced today that defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) has been voted as the winner of the Sharks "Fan Favorite" Award for the 2016-17 season. The Sharks "Fan Favorite" Award was determined by voting via the Sharks official mobile app.

Burns has posted 76 points (29 goals, 47 assists) and a plus-19 rating in 82 games this season. Burns leads the Sharks in assists and points, and is tied for first on the team in goal. Overall, he ranks T-8th in the NHL in points, and T-12th in assists. Among defensemen, Burns leads the NHL in points and goals and ranks 3rd in assists. His 29 goals are a Sharks franchise record for a defenseman in a single season, and ranks as the 18th highest single season total by a defenseman in NHL history. In addition, his 76 points have tied his own Sharks franchise record for most points by a blueliner in a single season (set last year), and he has become the first defenseman in the NHL since Brian Leetch (1995-96/96-97) to post back-to-back 75-points seasons.

Burns has been named the Sharks Foundation "Player of the Year" for 2016-17, as voted on by the Bay Area media. He was also named the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" during the month of October. He put up 10 points (3-7=10) in nine games, with points in six of those contests.

The defender was named to his third NHL All-Star game this season, and helped Team Canada win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey prior to the 2016-17 NHL regular season. He finished third in voting for the NHL's Norris Trophy last season, awarded to the League's top defenseman. He was named a finalist for 2016 ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award, and won the NHL Foundation Player of the Year Award following the 2014-15 season for his charitable actions and community work.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound native of Barrie, Ontario was originally selected by Minnesota in the first round (20th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He was acquired by San Jose from Minnesota on June 24, 2011.

Everyone who submitted a vote for the "Sharks Fan Favorite Award" was automatically entered into a random drawing which one (1) Grand Prize winner was randomly selected from among all eligible entries during the voting period.

The Grand Prize winner received two tickets to Sharks "Fan Appreciation Night" and a chance to meet their favorite player on the ice after the game and receive the jersey off of his back.

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