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Burrows retires from NHL after 13 seasons

Forward had 409 points in 913 games with Canucks, Senators

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Alexandre Burrows retired after 13 seasons in the NHL on Friday.

Burrows, 37, had 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 71 games at forward with the Ottawa Senators last season.

In 913 games with the Senators and Vancouver Canucks, Burrows had 409 points (205 goals, 204 assists).

Burrows was hired as an assistant coach of Laval in the American Hockey League on Friday. Laval is the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

"I'm happy with my career and have some great memories," Burrows told the NHL Players' Association website. "I met some wonderful people over the years. I'll miss my teammates the most. The amount of fun we had working on our craft, the time we spent together away from the rink, the time we went through adversity together, those are things that I'm going to miss."

Burrows never was drafted, and he signed with the Canucks on Nov. 8, 2005, after three seasons in the minor leagues. He had his best seasons with Vancouver, scoring at least 26 goals four straight seasons from 2008-12, including a personal NHL-best 35 in 2009-10. He tied forward Daniel Sedin for the Canucks lead with nine goals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Vancouver reached Game 7 of the Final before losing against the Boston Bruins.

"It all went by fast," Burrows said. "It was a lot of fun and it was a lot of work early on, to be undrafted and come into the League and earn your spot. I've had some great teammates and great coaches. The last few years I've enjoyed helping the young guys out, the way others had helped me.

"When you have the passion, that's one thing. You have to set a vision and have a plan for yourself. I feel very fortunate to have played as long as I did."

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