In his early days, Burrows played with a chip on his shoulder.( Harry How/Getty Images )Now retired, Burrows is an assistant coach with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League. Instead of using hazards and bullying, Burrows (who was coached by Crawford both in Vancouver and in Ottawa, where he finished his playing career) thinks that today's coaches should interact with players."Those are men I 'd like to be here today," said Burrows. Having actually been an underdog for most of his profession has shaped Burrows' viewpoint as a coach.
Burrows says that the coaching staff at Laval ensures gamers know that they are always available to go over issues.
Having been an underdog for the majority of his profession has formed Burrows' viewpoint as a coach. He played junior hockey with Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. And his path to the NHL led through groups like the Greenville Grrrowl, Baton Rouge Kingfish and Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. After a number of stints with the AHL Manitoba Moose, he finally earned a spot on the Canucks.
"I think I've seen basically all of it, playing in the East Coast League, playing in the American league, then lastly making it to the NHL," he said. "I have a terrific group of players in Laval. They put so much pressure on themselves to prosper and attain their dream of playing in the NHL.
"My task is to help them arrive. Everybody's got their unique circumstance. We're all helping them out, wanting them to improve every day. If they put in the work and make the sacrifices and keep thinking in themselves, I think all my gamers can possibly play in the NHL one day."
"I think the game has evolved," the 38-year-old local of Pincourt, Que., stated before being inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honour earlier this month. "You don't see as numerous scrums after the whistle as I used to when I initially entered the league, or when I played in the minors.
"It all depends. If they keep it in line and they make certain it's just to get under somebody's skin. I have to let them play and let them feel their own fire. I'm not against it. As long as it's correct and in line."
Burrows has actually certainly mellowed. In 2015, he said sorry for on-ice comments that he made throughout his playing days towards Patrick O'Sullivan, an NHL player who was verbally and physically abused by his dad.
"I believe I've developed as an individual," he stated. "I've always been responsible for the things I did and said. I've asked forgiveness for that particular scenario and that's all I can actually do.
"That [apology] originated from the heart and I knew that I required to be better."
Coaches on notification
Rather of utilizing dangers and bullying, Burrows (who was coached by Crawford both in Vancouver and in Ottawa, where he completed his playing profession) believes that today's coaches must interact with gamers. "In my day, when you concerned the rink and the coach had to talk to you, it wasn't an excellent sign," he laughed. "No news, good news.
Burrows accumulated 1,066 penalty minutes.(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) "Nowadays, I feel the new generation ... we talk with them a lot more. We offer them a lot more details on an everyday basis. We reveal them video."
Coaches must likewise understand the outdoors pressures modern-day players face.
"They put more pressure on themselves," stated Burrows. "Outside sound gets to them from social networks, from their representative, their good friends and parents.
"For us, we constantly try to keep it as truthful as possible, let them know what's taking place, what's going on, why we are ensuring decisions, so they understand precisely where they stand. We have great relationships with our players, and I think they truly like it."
A new viewpoint
The deaths of two colleagues have likewise deeply impacted Burrows. Luc Bourdon, a 21-year-old Canucks defenceman, died in a motorcycle accident in May of 2008 and Rick Rypien, a 27-year-old forward who played for Vancouver and had signed with the Winnipeg Jets, was found dead at his house in August 2011. Rypien had a history of depression.
"Those are men I 'd like to be here today," said Burrows. Handling mental disorder, an issue few spoke about at one time, is a reality today's coaches must face.