Finally. If you didn’t enjoy watching Pavel Bure play hockey you probably just didn’t like hockey.
The former Canucks sniper suffers from a lack of longevity which can sometimes hurt a player’s legacy. However, Bure’s was not hurt badly, made evident by his 2012 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Tomorrow night, the Vancouver Canucks host the Toronto Maple Leafs for a meeting between two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. Before the game, Bure’s #10 will be raised to the rafters in celebration of his time as Canuck.
Bure becomes the fourth Canuck to see his number retired. Stan Smyl (12), Trevor Linden (16), and Markus Naslund (19) all occupy banner space at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Not including players from the 1800’s, Bure is third on the all time goals per game list. His 437 tallies in 702 contests place him behind Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, and that’s all. Stats courtesy of Quant Hockey.
If you were lucky enough to watch him play, you remember that the Russian Rocket was a human highlight reel. His speed, skill and shooting ability made him a constant threat every time he touched the puck. He was one of those rare players who brought the crowd to its feet in anticipation of an extraordinary display of elite skill, and he often answered the call. Here is a very well put together highlight package showcasing some of the unbelievable tricks Bure performed regularly around the league.
Bure never won a Stanley Cup but he came close in 1994. The Vancouver Canucks went on a crazy run that climaxed with a Cup finals Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Bure’s performance in the 94′ playoffs will go down in history as one of the best individual efforts a player has ever produced during hockey’s greatest tournament. Bure had 16 goals and 31 points throughout the 24 game journey.
He will forever be remembered in Vancouver for his Game 7 overtime goal that completed a 3-1 down series comeback against the Calgary Flames in the first round.
“It’s a triple overtime hat trick for Vancouver!”