Andre Burakovsky had been a staple of the Washington Capitals roster since he was drafted him 23rd overall in 2013. With Dre now making his way out west to the Colorado Avalanche, we’re taking a look back at some of his best and most iconic moments.
Let’s flash back to Burakovsky’s first-ever career NHL goal. A one-timer from the slot on October 9, 2014 against the Montreal Canadiens, the goal solidified Burakovsky’s place on the Capitals and in the hearts of the fans.
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Look, we’re still not entirely sure what to make of the whole Hastens horse-hair bed promotion, but it keeps Burakovsky well rested and happy. Which is enough for us.
(Seriously, though. We still have so many questions.)
While Burakovsky has had many Dads on the Capitals over his years on the team, Alex Ovechkin has remained one of the best and most steadfast. From wrapping Burakovsky up in a comforter to shield him from the polar vortex, to giving him a back rub, to sharing cuddles, Ovi showered Burakovsky with all the love, affection and care that he needed.
After practice in Chicago, Tom Wilson discussed his role on the #Caps’ top line, Andre Burakovsky’s two-game goal streak and Burky’s hairdo. (Stick around for a Robert Burakovsky cameo at the end. Haha.) pic.twitter.com/sjggGTUORQ
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) February 16, 2018
The familial feelings didn’t end there. Burakovsky and Tom Wilson shared a brotherly bond while he was at Washington, with the two trading trolling attempts everywhere from ear-flicks during interviews, to online birthday wishes, and training camp shirts.
But who could ever forget the peak “stepbrothers” moment between Justin Williams and Burakovsky during the Capitals team photo day.
That double hair-poof is iconic.
When you’ve still got to finish playing a hockey game but your jam comes on. pic.twitter.com/3doMtK0dDc
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 4, 2018
We’d be here for an eternity if we recapped all of Burakovsky’s shenanigans since being drafted by the Capitals, but here are some of the high-level highlights: Burakovsky and Marcus Johnasson face-swapping, Burakovsky signing a box of macaroni and cheese, his teen modeling career, taking a photo with the Easter bunny, and high-fiving a dolphin.
Who can ever forget that time Burakovsky got into the wrong car, thinking it was his Uber? It all worked out okay in the end. But really, this is why he shouldn’t ever be left unsupervised over the bye week. (Take note, Avs.)
His acting isn’t exactly Academy or Emmy Award-winning calibre either.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 4, 2018
The less said about his drawing abilities, the better.
Of course, the best Burakovsky will always be Stanley Cup winner and clutch playoff goal scorer Burakovsky. The two goals that Burakovsky netted in Game Seven against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final were huge, but the Cup run highlights certainly didn’t end there.
Because when the Cup was finally in the hands of the Washington Capitals, poor ol’ Dre couldn’t help but get a little distracted by what was happening off the ice as he took part in a victory lap.
If you’ve got more memories of Andre, please share them here.
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