The thirteenth and final forward for Canada’s entry in the 2012 World Championships is reportedly Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks.
Burrows has represented his country on the international stage before, but in ball hockey. He competed in the 2003 and 2005 ball hockey World Championships, leading Team Canada to gold each time. Being named to Team Canada in ice hockey is yet another chapter in Burrows’ incredible success story.
This time around, he likely won’t be playing as integral an offensive role, however, as the team already boasts talent like Corey Perry, John Tavares, Jeff Skinner, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle. Burrows’ skill on the penalty kill and defensive acumen likely played into the decision to add him to the roster (or maybe just the fact that he said yes).
There may be a bit of awkwardness in the locker room, though: Duncan Keith is one of the defencemen heading to Finland and Sweden for the two week tournament.
While Keith’s elbow on Daniel Sedin is fresh in people’s minds and there is the matter of Burrows’ supposed knee to Keith’s groin, the most notorious interaction between Burrows and Keith dates back to 2009, when a Dustin Byfuglien punch to Luongo’s head lead to a line brawl in a game between the Canucks and Blackhawks.
While Eager and Bieksa squared off in one corner, Burrows and Keith tangled on the other side of the ice. That’s when Burrows noticed that Keith had a rather full head of hair that looked easily grippable, and he decided to test this hypothesis by grabbing himself a handful. Sure enough, it was plenty grippable, but since you always want to show repeatability in your scientific experiments, Burrows grabbed another handful and another, just to be sure.
Yes, this was the notorious hair-pulling incident. There’s no use denying that it occurred. Some claimed that Keith had his fingers in Burrows’ mouth (which is not advisable) and was giving him the old fish hook, but this was never really proven or shown at all. What is indisputable, is that this one time, in a heated game, Burrows pulled Keith’s hair.
Which means the first thing I want Burrows to do when he walks into that Team Canada locker room is to sneak up behind Keith and just give his hair a little tug, preferably with someone filming it to catch Keith’s reaction.
Then they should probably go out and try to win the championship, I guess.Tags: Alex Burrows, duncan keith, Team Canada, World Championship