If you didn’t think the Alex Burrows story could get any better, Tuesday night was the most recent chapter in what is truly a captivating emergence.
Burrows’ overtime winner was the latest big goal in what has been a season of them, but the tally itself is just the icing on the cake.
The real hook is that Burrows stood up in front of his teammates in the dressing room before the start of overtime and reminded them of their former teammate Luc Bourdon, who died nearly a year ago in a motorcycle accident.
Burrows then told his mates that “this are where legends are born” and proceeded to score the game-winner, after which he saluted New Brunswick’s Bourdon with the late player’s signature bow-and-arrow goal celebration.
A different personality may have turned people off with such bravado, but Burrows’ embodies the heart and soul that fans want to believe exists in every athlete.
He is one of the rare athletes that is admired for his character more so than his production.