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Charlie Burns, C

Position: C
Handed: L
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170lbs
Born: Detroit, MI, USA
Nationality: Canadian

World Championship Best Forward 1958
World Championship Gold Medal 1958
Ontario Outstanding Athlete 1958

Scoring Finishes
Goals: 32, 40, 45, 50
Assists: 21, 26
Points: 26, 43, 50

Regular Season
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros OHA 33 5 7 12 0
1953-54 Toronto Marlboros OHA NANANANANA
1955-56 Toronto Marlboros OHA 20 5 8 13 0
1956-57 Whitby Dunlops OHASr 40 16 25 41 29
1957-58 Whitby Dunlops OHASr 31 24 28 52 32
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 9 11 20 32
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 62 10 17 27 46
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 62 15 26 41 16
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 8 3 6 9 4
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 11 17 28 43
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 68 12 10 22 13
1963-64 San Francisco Seals WHL 68 33 36 69 27
1964-65 San Francisco Seals WHL 51 27 36 63 19
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 40 10 35 45 26
1966-67 California Seals WHL 71 22 38 60 29
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 73 9 26 35 20
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 13 38 51 22
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 50 3 13 16 10
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 9 19 28 13
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 11 14 25 24
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 4 7 11 13
1973-74 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 64 10 19 29 73
NHL Totals   749 106 198 304 252

NHL Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM
1969-70 33 MNS NHL 6 1
1970-71 34 MNS NHL 12 3
1971-72 35 MNS NHL 7 1 1
1972-73 36 MNS NHL 6 0
Career NHL 31 5 4

- Scored 3-4-7 in the 1958 World Championship, winning Best Forward and the gold medal.
-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 Westfall at 69%.

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
While playing junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros, Charlie Burns suffered a fractured skull that almost ended his career. But he underwent surgery to have a metal plate inserted in his head and made a courageous comeback, wearing a heavily padded helmet in all games and practices during his professional hockey career until he was 38.
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia article "Charlie Burns"
Burns was mainly known for being an excellent skater, playmaker and defensive player who performed checking and penalty-killing. His trademark was the heavily padded helmet that he was forced to wear after suffering a serious head injury while playing junior hockey in 1954–55.

In 1959, he was the only US-born player in the NHL. Although Burns was born in Detroit, his family moved to Toronto when he was a child. Burns chose Canadian citizenship when he turned 21 and later played for the 1958 World Champion Whitby Dunlops.

Burns had three spells as a player-coach, twice with the San Francisco Seals (1965-66 & 1966-67) and one with the Minnesota North Stars (1969–70). He coached the Stars again in 1974-75 after his retirement. Curiously, all of these were midseason assignments.
Originally Posted by Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Seals: Hockey's Most Colorful Team
"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 on Charlie Burns

... "despite all of these surface differences [being American, wearing a helmet, having coaching experience], one thing Burns had from all his teammates was respect."

... "Burns's coaching experience gave Burns insight into Bert Olmstead's methods and the wily veteran forward respected the Seals first-year coach."

... "Burns was not one to make excuses, however. While many players complained about the extensive travel West Coast teams had to endure, Burns refused to do so. "Everybody goes through ups and downs," Burns said. "People use [travel] as an excuse. Winning is a habit and so is waiting to win. Losing is a habit and so is waiting to lose."
Originally Posted by Wikipedia article "San Francisco Seals"
Poile's teams generally led the league in penalty minutes, and his 1962-63 Seals fit the mold. Led by hard-nosed players such as Orland Kurtenbach, Larry McNabb, Nick Mickoski and Charlie Burns, the Seals developed a fierce rivalry with the Buckaroos, perennial WHL front-runners.
By then [1966, just before the Seals became an NHL team], Poile had turned over the coaching reins to player-coach Charlie Burns; the Seals would reach the 1966 WHL playoffs and were one game away from their third finals appearance, but lost the last two games of their first-round playoff series against the eventual WHL champion Victoria Maple Leafs, who prevailed 4 games to 3.
Former Chicago Black Hawks coach Rudy Pilous took over as coach, alternating duties with Burns, as the Seals recorded only their second winning record (32-30-10).
Originally Posted by
Minnesota Coach Burns became the last player-coach in NHL history when he dressed and played in an 8-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Burns’ final game in an NHL jersey was March 1, 1970.-
Originally Posted by Stew Thornley, Milkees Press
The Stars, however, had to endure a period of dry spells during the season. After a December 6 win over Montreal, the North Stars went more than a month before winning again. During this time, Blair stepped aside as coach and asked center Charlie Burns to move from the ice to the bench. The shift in duties was planned as a temporary move, and Burns was granted the official title of “assistant coach” although his tenure lasted longer than either Blair or Burns expected; the “assistant” portion of Burns’s title was eventually dropped.
Not only that, Charlie Burns went from coach to player-coach. With the new goalie on the bench and the new coach on the ice, the inspired Stars shocked the Leafs with an 8-0 drubbing as Cesare Maniago stopped 41 Toronto shots... The North Stars played well throughout March, but it wasn’t clear if the late surge would be enough to secure a playoff spot. ... The Stars finished the regular season with a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh to finish third and earn themselves a first-round meeting with the Blues.
Jackie Gordon took over as coach of the North Stars in 1970-71 as Charlie Burns returned to the role of full-time center.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen 10/21/1958
One of the most talked-about first year men is Charlie Burns, a forward making a good impression on Detroit Red Wings' management.
Originally Posted by Owossa Argus-Press
Charlie Burns, a Detroit Red Wings center, has been giving Renfrew tips on Russia's sharp passing, durable skating, a light-hitting style.
... Most of the Russians are familiar to Burns.
Originally Posted by Daily Boston Globe 10/11/1959
Welcome newcomer is Charlie Burns, hustling center
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 12/9/1960
Charlie Burns scored twice with his teammates shorthanded...

Centre Burns, whose trademark is a headgear protecting a series of head injuries... raced in behind Doug Mohns' penalty-killing clearance shot from the blue line and slammed the rebound past veteran Chicago goalie Glen Hall.

In the final period Burns made it 5-1 by stealing the puck from Ed Litzenberger in the Chicago zone and beating Hall from close range.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen 12/21/1962
Boston Bruins use Jerry Toppazzini and Charlie Burns as penalty-killers, but that doesn't mean they lack offensive ability.

Detroit Red Wings found this out Thursday night when they were upset by the last-place Bruins on two timely goals by the defensive specialists. Both came with the teams at full strength.
Originally Posted by The Sunday Sun 11/1/1969
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
Originally Posted by Minnesota coach Wren Blair via Sunday Sun, Nov 1., 1969
He's smart. He's versatile and one of the best penalty killers in the game.
Originally Posted by Manager-coach Collins via Sunday Sun, Nov 1., 1969
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 killers.
Originally Posted by Walter Bush Jr., North Star club president, via The Windsor Star 5/5/1970
Our club played its best defensive hockey when Charlie was in uniform.
Originally Posted by Back of his 1972-73 hockey card
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.
Trades & Transactions
Claimed by Boston from Detroit in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1959.
NHL rights transferred to Oakland after owners of San Francisco (WHL) franchise granted NHL expansion team, April 26, 1966.
Claimed by Pittsburgh from Oakland in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968.
Claimed by Minnesota from Pittsburgh in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969.

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