|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
170 lb (77 kg)
|Teams||Detroit Red Wings |
Minnesota North Stars
|Born||February 14, 1936,|
Detroit, MI, US
|Pro Career||1952 – 1974|
Charles "Charlie" Burns (born February 14, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired professional ice hockey forward who played 749 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Burns was mainly known for being an excellent skater and defensive player. 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. He also played for the Whitby Dunlops who won the 1958 World Championship.
He played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros from 1952–56, winning the Memorial Cup in 1955 and 1956. He then played for the senior Whitby Dunlops from 1956–58, winning the Allan Cup in 1957 and the World Championship in 1958.
He turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings in 1958-59. In 1959, he was the only US-born player in the NHL. Although Burns was born in Detroit, he was raised in Toronto, Canada and chose Canadian citizenship when he turned 21.
He retired from play in 1974. Burns played in 749 NHL games, scoring 106 goals and 198 assists.
Burns had four spells as a player-coach, twice with the San Francisco Seals (1965-66 & 1966-67), one with the Minnesota North Stars (1969–70), and one with the New Haven Nighthawks in 1973-74. He coached the Stars again in 1974-75 after his retirement. His last coaching job was with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League in 1977-78.