Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 3, 2011

Man of the Day 7/3: Alex Burrows

Alexandre Ménard-Burrows

Born April 11, 1981 (age 30) in Pincourt, Québec, Canada

Left Winger  for the Vancouver Canucks

If Alex Burrows’ career in ice hockey had a Facebook relationship status, it would be “It’s complicated.” After spending two seasons in the juniors, he jumped to the ECHL, hockey’s version of off-off-off Broadway, because he wasn’t drafted. He bounced between that league and the AHL’s Manitoba Moose for three years (he was actually signed twice by the Moose) before being signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks in 2005. Since then, he’s been an aggressive force on the team, countering the smooth moves of twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin. He doesn’t have their high points totals, but he’s helped lead the Canucks to the playoffs for the past four seasons.

If you hadn’t heard of him before this year’s Stanley Cup finals, you certainly got an earful during the series. In the first game, during a scrum between himself and Patrice Bergeron, he bit Bergeron’s finger. The league didn’t suspend Burrows, saying that there was no conclusive evidence that he bit Patrice (there was blood, which I would say is evidence that he was bitten, but what do I know). The finger taunting started in subsequent games till the league threatened penalties for it.

Alex hasn’t just played hockey on the ice. While he played in the juniors and the ECHL/AHL, he also played ball hockey with the Montreal Red Lites. He was also named to Canada’s national ball hockey team and won two world championships. After he retired from ball hockey in 2007, he was inducted into the Canadian Ball Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

Talk about awards! He was named to the ECHL All-Star team in 2004; named Most Exciting Player from 2008-10 by Canucks fans; was named First Star of the Week for January 11, 2010 by the NHL; and racked up six ball hockey championships, three All-Star appearances, two world championships, an MVP nod AND was named International Player of the Year in 2005. Phew.

Here’s a sweet fact: Alex’s best friend on the Canucks was Luc Bourdon, and his death in May 2008 was devastating to his friend and the entire Canucks organization. Now, when Alex scores a goal, he honors his friend by mimicking shooting a bow and arrow – something Luc himself did.

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