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Hertl and Burns Voted Sharks Foundation "Sharks Co-Players of the Year"

Hertl Earns Honor For First Time, Burns Previously Won in 2016

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that forward Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48) and defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) have both been selected as the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Co-Players of the Year" for 2018-19 in a vote by the Bay Area media. The award is presented to the player who contributes the greatest amount of success to the Sharks in the 2018-19 regular season. This marks just the second time in the award's history that the voting has ended in a tie.

This is the first time Hertl has been named "Sharks Player of the Year" and the second time for Burns (2016). The award will be presented prior to tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center at San Jose.

Hertl has registered a career-high 72 points (35 goals, 37 assists) in 76 games played this season. He is second on San Jose in both points and goals, and reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career on Mar. 7 vs. Montreal. During the month of January, Hertl recorded two hat tricks, one on Jan. 15 vs Pittsburgh and again on Jan. 22 vs. Washington. He became just the second player in Sharks history to record two hat tricks in the same calendar month (Rob Gaudreau, 1992). Hertl also collected a career-high seven-game point streak (three goals, eight assists) from Oct.14 to Oct. 30.

The six-foot-two, 220-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic recently skated his in 400th career NHL game. He was originally selected by San Jose in the 2012 NHL Draft (1st round, 17th overall).

Burns has posted a total of 81 points (15 goals, 66 assists) in 81 games. He set a single-season career-high in assists and points, and leads NHL defensemen, including San Jose skaters in both categories. Among NHL skaters, he ranks fifth in assists and fifth in takeaways (87). Burns earned a career high nine-game point streak from Oct. 9 to Oct. 30 (three goals, 11 assists), a franchise-best by a defenseman. The blueliner scored his 14th career overtime goal on Mar. 30 vs. the Vegas Golden Knights, passing Scott Niedermayer for the most in NHL history by a defenseman. On Mar. 7 vs. Montreal, Burns also became the first defenseman in Sharks franchise history to register at least 60 assists in a single-season. He skated in his 1,000th career NHL game in December, and joined Zdeno Chara as just two active defensemen to reach 600 career points.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound native of Barrie, Ontario was named to his sixth NHL All-Star Game this season. He was originally selected by Minnesota in 2003 NHL Draft (1st round, 20th overall) and was acquired by San Jose from Minnesota on June 24, 2011. 


PAST WINNERS OF THE SHARKS FOUNDATION "SHARKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR" AWARD INCLUDE: 
2017-18 Logan Couture
2016-17 Brent Burns
2015-16 Joe Thornton
2014-15 Joe Pavelski
2013-14 Joe Pavelski
2012-13 Antti Niemi
2011-12 Logan Couture
2010-11 Antti Niemi
2009-10 Patrick Marleau 
2008-09 Patrick Marleau 
2007-08 Evgeni Nabokov 
2006-07 Joe Thornton
2005-06 Joe Thornton
2003-04 Patrick Marleau 
2002-03 Teemu Selanne 
2001-02 Mike Ricci 
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov 
1999-00 Owen Nolan 
1998-99 Steve Shields and Mike Vernon 
1997-98 Mike Vernon 
1996-97 Jeff Friesen 
1995-96 Jamie Baker 
1994-95 Ulf Dahlen 
1993-94 Arturs Irbe 
1992-93 Kelly Kisio 
1991-92 Jeff Hackett  

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