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04-02-2011, 12:55 AM
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He became an outstanding utility man with the Bruins. Bruins coach Phil Watson
used him to shadow the league's greatest stars Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Frank Mahovlich. Watson said Burns was a good man for the job because he was an excellent skater and didn't let anything get under his skin.
- Legends of Hockey
One of the best defensive forwards in the national hockey league
, Charlie has done just about everything for the North Stars- played left wing, right wing, centre, and even coached them during the 1969-70 season. -Back of his 1972-73 hockey card
He was a good assistant captain who spent time with the younger players. He brought a lot to the table; a good playmaker who set up his wingers.- Tracy Pratt
He later played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota North Stars.
Always known more for his excellent defensive skills
, he collected 13 goals and 51 points in his best NHL season, for Pittsburgh, in 1968-69.
If he had played longer in the post-expansion era,
Burns certainly would have been a candidate for nomination as the NHL's best defensive forward.
But the Frank J. Selke Trophy wasn't awarded for the first time until 1978, five years after he'd played his last NHL game. -Legends of Hockey
Manager coach Wren-Blair of Minnesota North Stars believes in tough hockey players and knows that the success of a hard-hitting club rests with the efficency of its penalty killer.
So, Blair rubbed his palms together in glee before saying "I'll take him" when Charlie Burns name appeared on the unprotected lists...-The Sunday Sun, Nov 1. 1969
He's smart. He's versatile and
one of the best penalty killers in the game
.- Minnesota coach Wren Blair via Sunday Sun, Nov 1., 1969
Our club played its best defensive hockey when Charlie was in uniform- Walter Bush Jr., North Star club president, via The Windsor Star, May 5, 1970
He's quick. He can skate with the best.
He's one of the best shadows in the game and it makes him one of the best penalty killer
.- Manager-coach Collins via Sunday Sun, Nov 1., 1969
The Toronto St. Pats are happy to select a great, versatile shutdown forward and penalty killer...
Awards and Achievements
-Amongst post-expansion forwards that played at least 400 games post expansion, Charlie Burns spent the most time on the PK than any other player (adjusted for a per game basis) at 79% of his teams penalty kill. (that includes both forwards and defensemen). The next best is Ed Westdall at 69%.
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