SAN JOSE - The National Hockey League (@NHL) announced today that San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) forward Joe Pavelski (@jpav8), defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88), and goaltender Martin Jones have been named All-Stars for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA, on Jan. 29. Head Coach Peter DeBoer has also been selected to coach the Pacific Division All-Star team. The game will take place at 12:30 pm. PST and be broadcast in the United States on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports).
Burns, 31, currently ranks first in goals (15) and points (39), and is fourth in assists (24) amongst NHL defensemen. More so, his 39 points ranks seventh overall amongst all NHL skaters. Burns currently paces the NHL with 160 shots, and leads the Sharks in time on ice, averaging 24:45 per game.
Burns has recorded 462 points (156 goals, 306 assists) and 549 penalty minutes in 837 career NHL games with Minnesota and San Jose. This is his fourth career All-Star Game appearance (2011, 2015, & 2016), and his third as a member of the Sharks.
Burns represented and won gold with Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
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. He was acquired by San Jose via trade in June 2011.
The 32-year-old Pavelski is T-13th in points (37) and tied for seventh with seven game-winning goals across the NHL. Amongst all Pacific Division skaters, Pavelski ranks tied for fifth in goals (15), sixth in assists (22), and third in points (37). He is tied for first on the Sharks in goals and second in assists, points, and shots (134) - trailing only Brent Burns in all of the above.
Pavelski has scored 281 goals and 319 assists in 765 games, all for San Jose. "Pavs" ranks second in goals, third in assists and third in points (523) in Sharks franchise history. This is his second career All-Star Game appearance (2016)
Internationally, Pavelski has represented team USA in the World Cup (2016-silver medal), Olympics (2010-silver medal, 2014), and World Championships (2009).
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Plover, Wisconsin, was originally drafted by the Sharks in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
Martin Jones, 27, is in his second season as a starting goaltender, ranks third in wins (20), and ninth in goals-against average (2.22) amongst all NHL goaltenders with at least 10 starts.
In 134 NHL games played, Jones has a career goals-against average of 2.19 and .919 save percentage. This is his first career All-Star Game appearance.
The 6-foot-4 native of North Vancouver, British Columbia was acquired by San Jose from Boston on June 30, 2015.
Coach Peter DeBoer has led the Sharks to a record of 24-14-2 this season, which leads the Pacific Division.
DeBoer has a record of 287-244-85 in 616 games coached in the NHL (SJS, NJD, FLA), and has gone 28-18 in two playoff appearances, both of which ended in Stanley Cup Final appearances.
In the 2015-16 season, his first as the team's head coach, DeBoer guided the Sharks to the first Western Conference Championship and Stanley Cup appearance in the franchise's history. This is the second time in DeBoer's coaching career that he has led a franchise to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with the team; he also did so with New Jersey in 2012.
DeBoer was named the eighth head coach in San Jose Sharks franchise history on May 28, 2015.