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Former Manitoba Moose Forward Alex Burrows Retires From Hockey

By Carter Brooks

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He wasn’t the prettiest goal scorer. He certainly wasn’t the largest guy out there. He didn’t have the best hands in the world. Hell, he wasn’t even drafted.

Former Manitoba Moose Forward Alex Burrows Retires From Hockey

But on Friday, July 6th, 2018, after 205 goals, 409 points and 1,134 penalty minutes in 913 career NHL games, Pincourt, QB. native, Alexandre Burrows announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. 

Burrows began his junior hockey career with the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 2000-01. He put up a modest 16 goals, 30 points and 105 penalty minutes in a full season’s work. The next year, he more than doubled his output, drawing some attention with his 35 goals, 70 points and 184 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger bounced around three different East Coast Hockey League teams for the next two-and-a-half years, before finding a home with the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. 

In just opening their brand new MTS Centre, the Moose were a hot ticket item in 2004. Led by Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Nolan Baumgartner, Alex Burrows soon found his place within the lineup, proving to be a versatile forward able to score goals, kill penalties, and drop the mitts when necessary. 

Truth be told, Burrows was a pest. In 107 AHL games over parts of three seasons with Manitoba, the grinder collected 21 goals, 56 points and 164 penalty minutes. His hard-nosed style of game caught the eye of the Vancouver Canucks, who pull him up from the minors, where he spent the next 12 seasons playing alongside Markus Naslund, the Sedin twins, Kesler, Brendan Morrison, and Mats Sundin – making it to game seven of the Stanley Cup in 2010, before falling just short of hockey’s ultimate prize. 

Burrows spent the last year-and-a-half playing within the Ottawa Senators’ organization. However, with ownership up in the air, and deep-rooted problems within the team, Burrows felt it was the right time to walk away from the game. 

Now 37 years old, the former undrafted AHL star with the Manitoba Moose should be able to sleep easy with his decision to leave the game of hockey. Although missing a total of 13 games and giving up $214,488 in the form of fines/suspensions, Burrows should be sitting pretty on his $30 million in NHL career earnings. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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