By Eric Nelson, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A galaxy of hockey stars will be shining at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, among them Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns.

“Now that it happened, it’s pretty cool and it’s a huge honor to play against those guys,” said Burns. “It’s going to be a great weekend for not only me, but my family, too.”

Burns’ teammate Martin Havlat played in an All-Star Game in 2007 with the Chicago Black Hawks. Havlat knows Burns will have fun.

“It’s just a special feeling, I think, to be around all those great young, and older, hockey players,” said Havlat. “So, I think it’s a big show and a fun, fun weekend.”

Now in his seventh season, Burns continues to elevate his game and it’s no surprise he is among the elite players of the NHL.

“You know what? Brent Burns is a great hockey player,” said center John Madden. “He’s a Wild man, so, you know, I just hope he doesn’t hurt anybody on their team, on the other team, or his team when they’re there. He’s a whole ball of energy, that’s for sure.”

All-Star Games are great, but Burns’ main concern is helping the Wild become more consistent.

“I think every team’s going through that,” said Burns. “It’s a crazy tough conference and every game is not only super important, it’s tough game.”


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