Brent Burns did not take long to become accustomed to California.
He took up surfing.
"During the summer we go surfing in the morning, go biking and then work out," he said. "All the things that I love and that I loved about Minnesota; it's a huge biking community here, which is one of my passions."
The former Wild defenseman is now a regular for the San Jose Sharks after a summer trade between the teams, and he picked up a second-period assist as San Jose beat Minnesota 3-1 Thursday night at HP Pavilion, ending the Wild's five-game winning streak.
Burns' assist gave the 26-year-old former all-star three goals and three assists in 14 games.
Burns had barely moved his family into an apartment in San Jose over the summer before he took his road bicycle out for a little ride.
He had spotted some hills nearby, so when he came to an intersection, he turned in that direction. Soon, he recalled, he was panting and sweating and 6-1/2 miles into an uphill grind with one switchback after another. His body was begging him to stop, but he refused to until he got to the top. When he did, his odometer said he had gone 8.5 miles, the last seven-plus uphill.
"It took me 54 minutes to get up there," he said, "and 12 minutes to get back down."
Former Wild defenseman Brent Burns feeling right at home with Sharks
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 11