VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A former Vancouver Canuck fan-favourite is getting some props on Tuesday night.
Retired winger Alex Burrows will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honour at Rogers Arena in a pre-game ceremony ahead of the Canucks game against the Ottawa Senators.
“Perseverance and overachieving. That’s what Alex Burrows was, a guy who really wasn’t perceived to be a guy who had a shot, and just continued to work at it,” he explained. “He was a ball hockey player — how many of us were ball hockey players that could relate to that? And he continued to push and strive and work, and did whatever possible.”
Burrows was traded to the Senators in 2017 after playing parts of 12 seasons with Vancouver. He currently works as an assistant coach for the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League.
Cybulski said in addition to his drive, Burrows is also known as a “loveable guy” in Vancouver.
“There is something about this region. For as much as we talk about earthy, crunchy, feel good, there is a blue-collar love in this market, and Alex Burrows typifies that.”
While Burrows may not have always been the most popular, Cybulski said he always did what it took to stay in the NHL.
“A total heart and soul guy, and a guy who was a perfect complimentary piece for two of the most beloved players in franchise history — Daniel and Henrik Sedin.”
And let’s not forget his 2011 shining moment.
“He also scored the biggest goal in franchise history, the slay the dragon, who could forget.”