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Alex Burrows isn’t a big fan of the Maple Leafs

Feb 18, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

Alex Burrows AP

The Canucks and Maple Leafs don’t play each other often and in Vancouver forward Alex Burrows‘ case, he’s probably upset that he doesn’t see the Leafs more.

When the teams meet up tonight in Vancouver, it’ll be their second meeting of the season and Burrows makes it known to Sportsnet that he really doesn’t care very much for the Leafs at all.

“The Leafs have always been a team I hated as a kid,” Burrows said. “I know a lot of fans in Vancouver don’t like this team. … It just makes it extra special.”

Burrows is already a guy that gets under a lot of opponents’ skin as it is, but having him out there when he actually doesn’t like the opposing team is a bit unnerving. About the only other time you can think of Burrows in that kind of spot would be against Boston in the Stanley Cup finals and Burrows got away with biting Patrice Bergeron.

Here’s to hoping Burrows can keep his chompers to himself and stick to the old fashioned ways of being annoying by face-washing and scoring timely goals.

  1. drewzducks - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Those are some pretty biting comments…

  2. jdubs21 - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    This is a stupid article. What’s wrong with an athlete openly disliking another team? Stop trying to cause a controversy because you have nothing to write. The author also could have taken the extra minute to google Burrows and find out that he grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan and has disliked the Leafs ever since, but I guess doing some actual journalism work would have been too much.

  3. habsman - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    If Bergeron didn’t want his finger to be bitten, he shouldn’t have stuck his hand in Burrows’ face. Didn’t his ex teamate Marc (The Chopmer) Savard teach him anything?

    • scottybcboy - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      What makes Burrows so exceptional is that he has the rare double: biting and hair pulling. Duncan Keith does have pretty hair…..can’t say I wouldn’t want to touch it…..but relax Alex.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Well nobody is a fan of Burrows so what’s the point?

  5. drewzducks - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Given his “history” it’s no surprise he grew up a Canadiens fan.

    • jdubs21 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      It could also be because he grew up close to Montreal

  6. lolnowhy - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I suspect he’s just upset because the Leafs have won Stanley Cups

    • bigtganks - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      That MUST be it. It boils his blood I’m sure when his grandfather would tell him about the time when the Leafs won it all in ’67…

  7. loinstache - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    If we’re cutting down on trashy comments then how about cutting down on trashy inflammatory articles? I know you need page views but how about keeping the Boston pride in the pants Joe? This is a regulation game against the Leafs and Canucks, one of whom is a Frenchie and premier agitator who grew up a Habs fan… he’s fiery in every appearance, Boston have absolutely nothing to do with this match-up.

  8. hsnepts - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    This article isnt inflamatory – its just the truth. and thats the way alex tells it. hes a diver and a biter, but no liar. thats why everyone knows what actually happened with auger. love him or hate him, burrows has been a heart and soul player since the minute he join the canucks (undrafted). there are very few players in this league that care about the logo on the front of their jersey as much as this kid. and ive followed hockey for 30 years in 3 different cities – including toronto. the sedins are the reason we score goals, luongo stops a lot of pucks – but its because of kesler and burrows that we win games. Im not always proud of burrows’ antics – (im talking about the diving – not the bite – the bite was all bergy) – but burrows is my favourite player – because he cares about my team as much as i do, and when we need a goal in the clutch he comes through.

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