William Brent Burns
Born March 9, 1985 (age 26) in Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for the San Jose Sharks
It’s safe to say that Emma and I like Brent. Why? Pull up a chair and I’ll tell ya.
It all started in the midget leagues, where he played for The Barrie Icemen, the Ajax Knights and the North York Canadiens before heading to the OHL’s Brampton Battalion as a right winger. When he was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2003, he switched to defense and played 36 games with them that season. Brent played with the AHL’s Houston Aeros in the Year That Never Was, then earned a regular spot on the Wild’s roster in 2005. By 2007 he was so integral to the team (a combined 41 points in two seasons) that he was signed to a four year contract extension. That 2007-08 season saw him earn 43 points.
The next two seasons weren’t so lucky for Brent. During the 2008-09 season he suffered a concussion (which his agent complained was misdiagnosed by the Wild as sinusitis) and a shoulder injury, and for the 2009-10 season he suffered another concussion early on but was able to return that January. In both cases, he scored less than 30 points for the season.
This past season he was back to his old self points-wise (46 in 80 games) but was suspended for two games for hitting Florida Panthers forward Steve Bernier with the knob of his hockey stick so hard that he suffered a nasty cut on his chin. And during the NHL Draft this past June, we saw him and a 2012 draft pick traded to San Jose for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round pick next year. He then signed a five year extension with the Sharks and began settling in for a season with a new team.
So what else do we like about Brent? For one thing, he has a virtual zoo in his house, and he has an awesome Harry Potter tattoo (he’s promised to get a Sharks tat to commemorate his new team). He also has two sweet little moppets: daughter Peyton, born last year, and son Jagger, born this past June. And for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he bought a suite at the Wild’s home rink so military members and their families can watch home games. We think that makes him an awesome guy.