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Kids want this hockey star’s autograph – because they think he’s a pirate

Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks poses with the James Norris Memorial Trophy after winning the award during the NHL Awards on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Burns told an interviewer at the event that he recently signed autographs for kids at Disney World who mistook him for a pirate.
Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks poses with the James Norris Memorial Trophy after winning the award during the NHL Awards on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Burns told an interviewer at the event that he recently signed autographs for kids at Disney World who mistook him for a pirate. The Associated Press

On a recent trip to Disney World with his family, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks found himself signing autographs for adoring children.

Not so unusual for a National Hockey League star, right? Except these kids didn’t care about his hockey prowess – they thought he was a pirate, Burns told an interviewer at the NHL Awards.

“I actually signed a couple of autographs in kids’ books because they thought I was a pirate – and I signed them, so it was fun,” Burns said. “We always try to dress up and have a good time every day there, so I can’t blame the kids for thinking that.”

Burns had tweeted a photo of himself, wearing a pirate hat and pirate-themed t-shirt, with his family at Disney World in May.

He also posted a photo with Chewbacca from the park. In the interview, the hirsute Burns describes the wookiee as “a long-lost cousin.”

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