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Brent Burns

Born:March 9, 1985Draft:2003 Wild #20 Overall
Hometown:Barrie, ONPosition:D
Known For:His beard/personalityShoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Carolina Hurricanes

Brent Burns (born March 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted as a right wing (20th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, he was converted into a defenceman upon turning professional. Burns is known as a dynamic offensive player, and though he mostly plays defence, he has been utilized as a forward on several occasions during his career.

During the shortened 2012–13 season, and continuing through the 2013–14 season, the Sharks utilized Burns as a forward. Starting with the 2014–15 season, he was returned to defence. At the end of the 2015–16 season, Burns finished third in voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (awarded to the NHL’s best defenceman); one year later, at the end of the 2016–17 season, Burns won the award for the first time in his career.

Brent Burns Carolina Hurricanes
Brent Burns, Carolina Hurricanes (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Brent Burns Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
June 24, 2011Minnesota Wild2nd-Round Pick in 2012 (Pontius Aberg)San Jose Sharks1st-Round Pick in 2011 (Zack Philips)
Charlie Coyle
Devin Setoguchi
July 13, 2022San Jose SharksLane PedersonCarolina HurricanesConditional 3rd-Round Pick in 2023
Steven Lorentz
Eetu Makiniemi

Deeper Dive


  • 6x NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • 2x NHL First All-Star Team (2017, 2019)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy (2017)
  • World Cup Gold Medal (2017)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (2016)
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team Canada (2015)
  • NHL Foundation Player Award (2015)
  • World Championship All-Star Team (2015)
  • 2x World Championship Best Defenseman (2008, 2015)
  • World Championship Gold Medal (2015)
  • World Championship Silver Medal (2008)
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (2004)