I like Ben Kuzma’s (Vancouver Province) piece this morning on Alex Burrows’ nomination for the Bill Masterson trophy.
Like a hot potato, Alex Burrows was quickly passing credit to others Thursday.
Informed that he’s the Bill Masterton Trophy nominee as the Vancouver Canucks player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game — based on an overwhelming vote by the local chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association — the feisty winger wondered what all the fuss is about.
“I know what the trophy means,” said a grateful Burrows.
“It’s about perseverance and passion for the game and sportsmanship, too. But I don’t know about that one. I guess that’s okay. I haven’t been suspended in over four years. I know I’ve got to play hard within the rules, but there are a lot of candidates in this room who could have got it. But I’m really happy.”
While the accolades have come in spades recently, he has remained humble and it’s yet another reason Canucks fans have embraced him this season.
The rest of Ben Kuzma’s piece is here.