Alexander Burrows was born Apirl 11, 1981 in Pincourt, Quebec. A free-agent signing of the Vancouver Canucks, Burrows is a graduate of the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes.
A gritty forward who can put up offensive numbers, Burrows played two seasons in Shawinigan before making his professional debut in 2002-03. During the better half of his first three professional seasons, Burrows toiled in the ECHL while seeing some action with the AHL's Manitoba Moose. In 2004-05, Burrows was a main stay with the Moose and subsequently went on to make his NHL debut with the parent club in Vancouver during the 2005-06 season.
After scoring 28 goals for the Canucks during the 2008-09 season, Burrows would establish new career highs in goals, assists and points the following year. Appearing in all 82 games for the Canucks and spending much of the 2009-10 season on the top line alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Burrows recorded 35 goals and 32 assists for 67 points.
On February 27, 2017, after spending more than a decade in the Vancouver organization, Burrows was traded by the Canucks to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Jonathan DahlÚn. He and the Senators immediately agreed to a two-year contract extension.
On the international stage, Burrows has represented Canada during the 2012 and 2014 IIHF World Championships where his team finished in fifth place.