Bur­rows back in town

For­mer Canuck re­turns as mem­ber of Sen­a­tors Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2017

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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.

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