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Who Is Alexandre Burrows and why did he bite Patrice Bergeron?

06.02.11 at 9:01 am ET

In Wednesday nights Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows appeared to bite Bruins center Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period. Burrows is no stranger to controversy on the ice.

This was Burrows’€™ sixth season in the NHL, he has played all six with the Canucks. Before that he played two years in the Quebec Major Hockey League and then seven years between the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL).

In January of 2010, he was involved a situation with NHL referee Stéphane Auger. Auger called two penalties on Burrows in the third period of a 2-2 game with the Predators, one for diving and the other for interference. The Canucks lost the game and with three seconds left he went up to Auger and protested the calls and was assessed an unsportsmanlike minor and a ten-minute misconduct.

Following the game Burrows told reporters that Auger has a personal vendetta against him. “It was personal. It started in warm-up, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “[Auger] came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the [Jerred] Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”

He was referring to a game a month prior when Predators Smithson hit him and was given a game misconduct by Auger. Following the game the penalty was rescinded because the league felt that Burrows embellished the hit.

Burrows was fined $2,500 for publically criticizing Auger. Later that week CBC’€™s Hockey Night in Canada aired an 11-minute long segment about Burrow’€™s past transgressions. The segment was said to be biased against Burrows and his parents went as far as writing a letter to CBC complaining about the segment saying it was a ‘€œverbal assassination’€ and had ‘€œno journalistic balance.’€

His problems with officials date back to his days in the ECHL. In 2003 he was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for verbally abusing officials during the game.

Burrows has also been involved with off the ice accidents as well. During the 2009 off-season he was involved in an assault accident while playing in a summer league hockey game. Police were called to a Quebec ice rink because Burrows had allegedly struck a goaltender in the face. No arrests were made.

He is not much of a physical fighter on the ice, as he has only been involved in 21 fights in his seven years in the NHL. His last fight came in 2010 in a game with the Predators.

On ice incidents for Burrows are not uncommon, so Wednesday nights biting accident comes to not much of a surprise.

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