Alexandre Burrows has not played for the Vancouver Canucks since 2017, but was the center of attention at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
The Canucks introduced the retired winger – who played 13 seasons in Vancouver – to the franchise’s Ring of Honor in recognition of his ongoing impact on the team.
During the warm-up, the whole team wore a Burrows No. 14 jersey in his honor and the man himself, along with his family, went out on the ice to drop the pregame ceremonial puck.
The 38-year-old Pincourt, Que., Native thanked Canucks owner Fransisco Aquilini, his family and all his teammates throughout the years – including the usual letters from Henrik and Daniel Sedin – when he was handed the microphone to speak directly to the crowd.
“Thank you very much to Hank and Danny [Henrik and Daniel Sedin], you are the best,” Burrows said. “Obviously I want to thank you for all these backdoor tap-ins you gave me, but most importantly you guys have always believed in me and you have no idea what that means to me, so thank you very much. You are experiencing legends, the future Hall of Famers and obviously the best models I could ever ask for, so thank you very much. ”
A free agent untouchable after the age of junior hockey, Burrows spent three seasons playing through the ECHL and AHL before signing with the Canucks on November 8, 2005. He made his NHL debut later that season and won the hearts of fans. over a decade of blue and green. It has even scored one of the most iconic goals in Vancouver history when awarding the Chicago Blackhawks with Game 7 overtime in the 2011 playoffs.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NHL,” Burrows told the crowd at Rogers Arena. “But passion is not the only thing you need to get to the NHL. For me, hard work, never satisfied, never giving up, always wanting to improve and a great supporting cast around me made it possible.
The Burrows are the seventh player to be named to the Canucks’ honor ring since the award was created in the 2010-11 season. Previous members include Orland Kurtenbach, Kirk McLean, Thomas Gradin, Harold Snepsts, Pat Quinn and Mattias Ohlund.