“I showed them that I was a Canuck — and that I would do everything I could to remain one.”
Alex Burrows is an all-time Canuck. The man from Quebec went undrafted after a few seasons the Q. He was an accomplished ball-hockey player and grinded it out in the ECHL in playing in Baton Rouge and Greenville. He ended up getting signed by the Canucks and sent to Winnipeg. He debuted with the Canucks in 2006 and the rest is history.
His story is just such a perfect fairytale.
“People mention that I went undrafted, sometimes, as shorthand for my underdog path to the NHL. But the truth is, a lot of guys go undrafted. That’s not even the full picture.
Here’s the full picture: When I got my shot with the Canucks in 2006 … I was still only a few years removed from calling my mom, crying — because I had just been traded to a team (in the hockey hotbed of Baton Rouge) that was literally going out of business. I was still only a couple of years removed from thinking seriously about returning to school — and just calling it quits altogether. And I was still only a single year removed from bouncing around between the AHL and ECHL — I even have my own “I had a plane ticket booked to head back down a level, before the coach liked what he saw and told me to stick around a few more days” story to prove it.
So, you have to understand: When I got called up to Vancouver, I wasn’t just undrafted. I was un-everything.”
So many great insights into Burrows and the Canucks in the 2000s leading up to the 2011 run. He talks about his preperation, buiding a contender, run ins with the Blackhawks, and his first fight against the Blues’ Dennis Wideman in his first NHL game.
Alright, Wideman got the best of the rookie there…but hey, Burrows went for it.
Burrows will likely finish his NHL career in Ottawa as a Senator but even his final act might be good for the Canucks.
“And though it’s bittersweet, for sure — I’m leaving with the sincere hope that this trade will be able to help the Canucks build their future.”