Charles Frederick Burns (February 14, 1936 – November 5, 2021) was an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played 749 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars. 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.
February 14, 1936|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
November 5, 2021 (aged 85)|
Wallingford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings|
Minnesota North Stars
|Men's ice hockey|
In 1959, he was the only US-born player in the NHL. Burns was born in Detroit, Michigan, his family moved to Toronto, Ontario, 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 and 1966–67) and one with the Minnesota North Stars (1969–70). He coached the North Stars again in 1974–75 after his retirement. Curiously, all of these were midseason assignments. He coached youth hockey for the Wallingford Hawks of Wallingford, Connecticut in his spare time. Burns died in Wallingford, Connecticut on November 5, 2021 at the age of 85.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1958–59||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||9||11||20||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|1963–64||San Francisco Seals||WHL||68||33||36||69||27||11||1||3||4||2|
|1964–65||San Francisco Seals||WHL||51||27||36||63||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||San Francisco Seals||WHL||40||10||35||45||26||7||1||5||6||0|
|1969–70||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||50||3||13||16||10||6||1||0||1||2|
|1970–71||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||76||9||19||28||13||12||3||3||6||2|
|1971–72||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||77||11||14||25||24||7||1||1||2||2|
|1972–73||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||65||4||7||11||13||6||0||0||0||0|
|1973–74||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||64||10||19||29||73||10||1||3||4||16|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|MIN||1969–70||44||10||22||12||0.364||3rd in West||6||2||4||Lost in quarter-finals|
|MIN||1974–75||42||12||28||2||0.310||4th in Smythe||Did not qualify|
|Total||86||22||50||14||.204||-||6||2||4||1 playoff appearance|
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database