ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns has been picked for the NHL All-Star Game for the first time.

Burns will be the sixth All-Star in the Wild’s 10-year history. Marian Gaborik made it twice, and Niklas Backstrom, Brian Rolston, Dwayne Roloson and Filip Kuba were also honored in past seasons.

This year’s roster was revealed by the league on Tuesday for the exhibition on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. Instead of the tradition of stars from the two conferences facing each other, the 42 players will be divided up in a draft two days before the game.

The 25-year-old Burns is second among NHL defenseman with 12 goals. He leads the Wild with a time-on-ice average of 24 minutes and 38 seconds per game and is third on the team with 26 points.

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Comments (3)
  1. rick ballard says:

    The kid’s played hard since his return from a devastating concussion. Seems to be a consumate “team” player and now is receiving some personal accolades! Awesome…..congrats…..go Wild!

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