LAS VEGAS – Brent Burns. Fashion icon. Man-bun enthusiast. Descendant of Chewbacca. And now James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.
This season Burns set a San Jose Sharks franchise high in goals (29) and points (76) by a defensemen. Burns was the only nominee that received points on every single ballot received from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
On stage, Burns went out his way to thank the other nominees, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. He pointed out Karlsson’s incredible saucer pass during the playoffs, and laughed saying his coaches probably wouldn’t be too happy if he did the same thing.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented “to the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted on by fellow players in the NHLPA.
Who will go home with the hardware in Las Vegas on June 21?
Why Brent Burns Deserves The Lindsay
From the NHLPA:
Burns, of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, played in all 82 regular season games for the San Jose Sharks in 2016-17, and he helped his club qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. Burns led all NHL defencemen in goals (29), points (76), points per game (0.93), game-winning goals (6), and his total shots on goal (320) led the league, while he finished ninth in league scoring. Burns also set single-season franchise records for goals and points by a defenceman. He is the first defenceman to be voted a finalist in 17 years (since Chris Pronger, 1999-00); if selected, he would become only the second defenceman (following Bobby Orr, 1974-75) to receive the Award. Burns is a first-time Ted Lindsay Award finalist.