January 11, 1949 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Dallas Black Hawks
David James Burrows (born 11 January 1949 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He started his NHL career in 1971, and played through 1981. He is regarded one of the top defensive defencemen in NHL history.
By 1980, after recovering well from a severely broken ankle, he found his love for the game was waning. He made a return trip to the Penguins fold to round out the 1980–81 campaign, his last in pro hockey. Preferring to leave on his own terms, he decided to retire before he was cut.
Dave Burrows' hero while a young hockey player was Tim Horton, widely considered to be one of the very best defensive defencemen ever to play the game. Burrows had the opportunity to play with his idol for one year, when Horton joined the Penguins for the 1971–72 season.
Burrows was noted for his ability to stop talented players of his era (such as Guy Lafleur), from moving in their offensive zones.
Several efforts have been made to gain consideration for Burrows for inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame. These efforts have, to date, failed, largely due to the current premium placed on offensive skills and statistics for defencemen.
Burrows was inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 1996, and is listed as a "starter" on the Penguins all time team.
Awards and achievements 
Career statistics 
|1967–68||St. Catharines Black Hawks||OHA||9||0||3||3||4|
|1968–69||St. Catharines Black Hawks||OHA||54||3||16||19||36|
|1969–70||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||69||4||9||13||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||67||1||11||12||49||10||0||2||2||4|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||65||2||11||13||28||6||0||1||1||7|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||3||16||19||42||3||0||1||1||2|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- On June 8, 1971 the Chicago Blackhawks lost Dave Burrows to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a intra-league draft.
- On September 8, 1971 the Pittsburgh Penguins resigned Dave Burrows.
- On June 13, 1978 the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Dave Burrows and a 1978 sixth-round pick (#92-Mel Hewitt) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Randy Carlyle and George Ferguson.
- On November 18, 1980 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Dave Burrows and Paul Gardner to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Paul Marshall and Kim Davis.
- "Trib Total Media All-Time Team - Pittsburgh Penguins - Team". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved January 7, 2013.