Get to know Brent Burns: Bio, stats and more


Brent Burns spent the 2002-03 season with Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League after being selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (No. 20) of the 2003 NHL Draft. The Wild traded Burns to the Sharks in 2011. San Jose’s decision to have him focus on playing defense turned Burns into a force on the ice. Get to know the Sharks star.

Brent Burns’ bio

  • Height: 6-foot-5 
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Birthdate: March 9, 1985
  • Age: 36
  • NHL experience: 16 years
  • Jersey number: 88

Brent Burns’ career NHL stats

Here are some of Brent Burns’ notable career achievements and statistics:

  • NHL Second All-Star Team (2016)
  • NHL First All-Star Team (2017, 2019)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • 2016-17 Norris Trophy winner
  • 2014-2015 NHL Foundation Player Award
  • Career games played: 1,169
  • Career goals: 217
  • Career assists: 506
  • Career points: 723

Here are Brent Burns’ contract details with the Sharks

Burns was acquired by the Sharks from the Wild, along with a 2012 second-round pick, in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick in the 2011 draft on June 24, 2011.

In 2016, Burns signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with the Sharks. The contract is the longest ever signed by a Sharks player. Burns earned $10 million combined with his signing bonus and base salary for the first four years of the deal, and is due a combined $5 million in the final two years. The contract does not include a no-movement clause but does include a limited no-trade clause. In total, Burns has earned $70,800,000 in his time in San Jose.


Why Brent Burns refuses to wear false teeth

Burns sports a distinctive look that features a gap-toothed smile surrounded by a beard. Burns lost his first tooth at 16 years old from a high stick to the mouth the day after getting his braces off. The gap-toothed look has become a staple for Burns.

When asked why he refuses to wear false teeth, Burns told ESPN, "You get that big retainer thing, you lose it, it breaks. You can't eat or drink with it, anyway. I put it in and it's harder to talk. It's just more of a pain to have it around. The vanity part I don't really care about, to be honest. It's been at least three years since I wore it."

Meet Brent Burns’ family

Burns and his wife, Susan, have two kids. They first had a daughter, Peyton, and then a son, Jagger. Hockey is a family business for the Burns clan as Peyton took over the red carpet to conduct interviews during the 2019 All-Star weekend.

The Sharks star was asked about his family vacations using an RV, and Burns revealed that he had a ghastly scenario play out during one particular outing.


"I go out there and put the sewage in the pipe at the RV camp," Burns told The Athletic. "And then I open up the black tanks first. You rinse it out with the gray. I put the black and it’s making noise but it’s not emptying. I’m like, ‘What is going on? This is a nightmare.’ I close it and open it again and still, nothing is happening.

"I can hear it but still, the tanks aren’t emptying. Then I do it again, now it’s been open for 40 seconds but it’s not emptying the tank at all. I’m like, oh boy. Then I realize I did not open up the bottom lid on the hose. And it’s in the ground. And the tank has been open."