A Tuesday night game in December against the Ottawa Senators just became a hot ticket, as the Vancouver Canucks announced the date of Alex Burrows’ Ring of Honour induction on Thursday.
Burrows will be enshrined with his image being plastered high above the ice at Rogers Arena before a game against the Sens on December 3.
“Alex’s story of being undrafted, battling in the minors and earning a spot on one of the most productive lines in team history is remarkable,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “He was the type of guy you loved on your team, but despised if you were his opponent.
“He did whatever was needed to help his teammates win and his passion was infectious. His level of excellence, character, community giving, and impact on the franchise makes this a very deserving honour for Alex and his family.”
The decision to induct Burrows was first announced at the NHL Draft, though they couldn’t nail down a date until the AHL released its schedule. Burrows is currently employed as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Laval.
The Senators, of course, are the other team that Burrows played for during his 13-year NHL career.
A fan favourite in Vancouver, Burrows will forever be remembered for scoring arguably the most famous goal in franchise history, ‘slaying the dragon’ in overtime of Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011.
Burrows ranks sixth all-time in Canucks history in games played (822), eighth in game-winning goals (28), ninth for goals (822), and 14th for points (822). He was named the Canucks’ “Most Exciting Player” three times (2008, 2009, 2010) and earned the Fred J. Hume award as the team’s “Unsung Hero” in 2008.
Burrows will become the seventh member of the Canucks Ring of Honour, which was first launched during the 2010-11 season. The 38-year-old joins Orland Kurtenbach, Kirk McLean, Thomas Gradin, Harold Snepsts, Pat Quinn, and Mattias Ohlund as other inductees.