Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Canada's Greatest Ball Hockey Player

There's a nice piece in the Montreal Gazette (subscription req'd.) about Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows:

Pincourt's Alex Burrows will head to training camp with the Vancouver Canucks next month in top shape, thanks to a summer of playing ball hockey.

Left-winger Burrows, 25, credits ball hockey with helping to develop his maturity as an athlete by giving him more responsibilities, especially after being named to Team Canada and winning the world championship in 2005.

He's certainly a leader on the Montreal Red Lite, which won the Canadian Ball Hockey championship at Martin Brodeur Arena in St. Leonard on Saturday.


Team Canada coach George Gortsos said ball hockey helped give Burrows, who was rated as the country's greatest ball-hockey player in a poll, the final push last season into the National Hockey League.
Canada's greatest ball-hockey player? That's no small praise for Burrows, who is also becoming one of the Canucks' fan favorites because of his all-out, all-heart style.

Naturally, he doesn't want to stop there and hopes to compete for one of the Canucks' few open roster spots:

He said the running demanded by ball hockey will have him in great shape for the game on the ice.

"I'll be ready to go from Day 1," he said. "I want to make sure I have a great camp."
Personally, I hope so too - Tracy and I are big Alex Burrows fans - however, Burrows will face some stiff competition at training camp. It should be interesting to see if he can build on what was a great year, professionally, for him.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:14 AM


At August 22, 2006 12:52 PM, Blogger John Bollwitt said...

It's a heck of a way to stay in shape in the off season, but I have high hopes for the kid. He was a lot of fun to watch on the ice last year.

At August 22, 2006 10:03 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

He was very fun to watch. Even on those nights when it seemed like half the team wasn't skating, he left everything on the ice. It'd be nice for him or Bouck or even Rypien to work their way into the roster, even if on a rotation.


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