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Alex Burrows makes it 500 NHL games tonight

Feb 21, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

Alex Burrows AP

Everyone’s favorite Vancouver Canuck is set to play his 500th NHL game tonight in Nashville. Yes, it’s halfway to 1,000 for Alex Burrows.

Now, say what you will about Burrows, and plenty has been said, but the determination he’s shown since going undrafted out of junior is admirable. Not many NHLers can say they played in the ECHL. And not only has Burrows gone from the Greenville Grrrowl (yes, that’s the way they spelled it) to the best league in the world, he’s gone from the Greenville Grrrowl to skating on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, two of the best players in the world.

“It was always a dream to play in the NHL and it was really a big dream sometimes with those long bus rides,” Burrows told the Vancouver Sun about his ECHL days in South Carolina and Louisiana. “You are going to games where there are no scouts and no one really cares about hockey. It’s all about college football, college basketball, that’s all people really care about. It’s tough to get out of there.”

Burrows plays an agitating style that makes it easy for people to overlook all the things he does well, so he reaps what he sows in that way. But that’s the style that got him to where he is today.

Craig Heisinger, the former general manager of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, is the one who threw Burrows a lifeline out of the ECHL.

“I’d like to be able to say we saw in Alex what he has become today but the truth of the matter is we didn’t,” Heisinger said Monday. “We thought Alex would be a good replacement for Jimmy Roy, who was an absolute (bleep)-disturber and that’s how Alex played.

“To say that we projected him to be a first-line winger on one of the best lines in the NHL, that would be very much of a stretch. He’s the one who has taken advantage of the opportunity.”

  1. t16rich - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Add that to ball hockey hall of famer. Way to go Burrows

  2. drewsylvania - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit.

    • F4S Leigh - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      You are such a troll, why don’t you just go away?

      • zach28 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        its a joke calm down, you fool.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM


    • tribesofneurot - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

  3. sixshooter90 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    you bet. along way from the east coast. Nice going burrows.

    • madtolive5 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      umm why is this news?

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        How many ECHL players do you think go on to play 500 games in the NHL?

        They’ve been around 24 years and in that time less than 500 players have gone on to appear in the NHL.. and the list of non-goaltender (since a team can have four pro goalies max before someone has to end up in the E, likely less since most AHL teams have a goalie under contract), non-goon players with more than a cup of coffee in the NHL is tiny:

        Francois Beauchemin
        Andrew Brunette
        Joe Corvo
        Shane Hnidy
        Chad Larose
        Rich Peverly
        Michael Ryder
        Dan Winnik

        Unlike most of those players, Burrows was never drafted – the only two others are Chad Larose and Rich Peverly, neither of whom have played as long or done as well in the NHL as Alex.

  4. vshehane - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I am sure Nashville will help him celebrate tonight.

  5. gnazarov - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Still a d-bag

  6. ktboston - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    How many fingers did you have to bite to get to 500
    You bum

    • kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      About the same as Savard has..

      • hsnepts - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        actually no – savard has bit people twice. only once for burr.

        heh boston actually leads the league in biting-related suspensions – thanks to savard. look it up if you dont believe.

  7. hsnepts - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Attn NHLers – if you go around face-washing, and you stick your gloved finger in Burrs mouth, he’s gonna chomp. and punch you while hes chomping.

    I suppose the Bruin faithful think he should have stood there and gagged. I mean, seriously, what would you do? stand there? thrash your head around with your mouth open? seriously, if thats what you would do, come out and say so. put your name on it. tell us you wouldnt bite – you’d stand there and gag on it. lets hear it. i want to know what a bruin fan does.

    • F4S Leigh - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Well, you’re forgetting the other option, which would be to fellate it. Obviously, that’s not Burrows’ style, but to each their own, I guess…

    • banshee950 - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      A B’s fan (whos been a fan since well before last may) forgets about finger biting, or any of the other nasty stuff that happens on the ice especially in a hard fought seris full of head games and worries about our current situation. A B’s fan also looks forward to round two with a fun and worthy opponant like Vancouver. Of course, a B’s fan/hockey fan also congradulates Burrows for making 500, no small feat. good luck hope to seeya in June!

      • F4S Leigh - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        @banshee – Your post is commended, esp. considering this forum is almost devoid of reasonable Bruins fans, to the point that I have wondered if any actually exist. Clearly, they do, and you’re a good example. As a ‘nucks fan, I’ll be glad if we can make it to the final again, and if we happen to match up again… well, it should be a very entertaining series if nothing else. I’m actually shocked the B’s have fallen into this current swoon – they looked unbeatable earlier this season. Good luck the rest of the way.

      • hsnepts - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        As much as I’d love to play the B’s again – I’d rather play a team that we can beat. I’d take a cup over a great series at this point…

        Winning the cup is about
        1) getting hot
        2) staying healthy
        3) avoiding the teams that expose your weaknesses

  8. drewzducks - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Good point he had no choice but to bite him. Doesn’t every player in the league bite the guy who is face washing him? I mean really, how many times did the Sedins bite that little pest Marchand during all his face washes during the Finals?

    • kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      I think the point really … is that a couple things that have happened on the ice (things not exclusive to Burrows) don’t erase the incredible accomplishment it was to go from an undrafted ECHL player (who still played Roller Hockey tourneys) to even make it to the NHL, nevermind to become a clutch, solid two-way, 1st line, 30 goal scoring winger on one of the best teams in the leauge.

    • F4S Leigh - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      A classic strawman… *shakes head*

      • F4S Leigh - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        To clarify – this was meant to comment on Drewzducks ridiculous strawman argument…

      • drewzducks - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        Straw man? My comments were in reply to hsnepts (I’d have more respect for an ssmyl tag) statement that Burrows had little choice but to chomp down on Bergerons finger. How about a smack in the face, unless he knew that such a response could have resulted in a penalty whereas a bite was not gonna be noticed in the middle of a scrum. As far as him as a player I give him props for 500. As a Bs fan he reminds me a lot of Marchand in their style, production and that they’ve both been fortunate in their line mate pairings (Sedins and Bergey/Recchi/Seguin).

    • hsnepts - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      The Sedins are gentlemen. Burrows is not.

      • blomfeld - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Cannibalism: the act or practice of humans eating the flesh of other human beings. While the expression “cannibalism” has origins in the act of humans eating other humans, it has extended into zoology to mean the act of any animal consuming members of its own type or kind, including the consumption of mates. It is also called anthropophagy. A person who practices cannibalism in professional sports today is referred to as a “Burrowsis Horribilis” …

        ps: all kidding aside Sneptsy, the Sedin brothers are indeed gentlemen !

  9. hibackhand - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Jimmy Roy! I wonder how he would do on the Sedin line…

    • kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      O come on, Burrows was a complete player who contributed in every game he played in long before he got paired with the Twins.

      The guys a key part of two great lines actually (with the Sedins, and with Kesler), is moved around the lineup as a catalyst to try and get guys going, and is one of the teams best penalty killers.

      A lot of guys have had success with the Sedins but only Burrows has stuck around as a permanent fixture that actually makes them better. He’s the real deal.

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