Burrows back in town
Former Canuck returns as member of Senators Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Alexandre Burrows watched as a number of former teammates from the Vancouver Canucks’ run to the 2011 Stanley Cup final returned to the city.
There were ovations in warmups and pre-game introductions — and sometimes more than a few boos — followed by a video tribute on the scoreboard.
After getting dealt by Vancouver to the Ottawa Senators at last season’s NHL trade deadline, it will be Burrows’ turn Tuesday when he steps onto the ice at Rogers Arena for the first time as a opponent.
“I love this city, I’ve loved this organization for a long time,’’ Burrows said after practice Monday at the University of British Columbia. “They gave me my first chance in the league.
“This place is always going to have a special place for me.’’
And Burrows is a special player in the eyes of Canucks fans, going from an undrafted free agent playing in the thirdtier East Coast Hockey League to a winger on what became one of the most dangerous lines in hockey alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
His grit, lunch-bucket mentality, big goals, memorable playoff performances, and work in the community resonated with people.
“When the schedule came out that was the first thing I looked to — seeing when we were going to play the Canucks,’’ said Burrows. “It’s nice to be here at this time of year when the weather’s nice.’’
The Pincourt, Que., native suited up for 822 regular-season games with the Canucks, posting 193 goals, 191 assists and 1,066 penalty minutes to go along with 34 points (19-15) in 70 playoff contests.
He had four straight seasons of at least 25 goals from 2008-09 to 2011-12.