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Pavel Bure

Full name: Pavel Vladimirovich Bure
Last team: New York Rangers
Number: 9
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5’10″/180 cm
Weight: 190 lbs/85 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: March 31, 1971 in Moscow, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Vancouver Canucks in 6th round (113th overall) of the 1989 Entry Draft

Strengths: Pavel Bure was a very rare talent: he shot the puck from anywhere, had magical stick-handling ability, and his aim was one of the most precise in hockey. He was a natural goal scorer as well as one of the fastest skaters in the world.

Weaknesses: Bure’s defensive skills were below average for a leading star forward, making him frequently labeled as a one-dimensional player. Bure’s knee injuries and surgeries forced him to retire from playing at the age of 32.

Biography: How did Pavel Bure get to be nicknamed “The Russian Rocket” and become one of the best hockey players in the world? It all started when Pavel was a little boy, and his father – Olympic swimming gold-medalist Vladimir Bure – took him to the rink to teach him how to skate. Pavel wore his mother’s figure skates, and held on to a sliding chair so he wouldn’t fall. About a decade later, Pavel joined the legendary CSKA team in Moscow and won the title of Soviet National Rookie of the Year after his first full season. At the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bure was selected only 113th overall, so he played another great season with CSKA before he was signed by the Vancouver Canucks. That was also when Pavel’s international career elevated. He played in three World Junior Championships, winning gold in 1989 and silver in the next two years. That was when he became part of one of the most dangerous forward lines at the time: Mogilny-Fedorov-Bure. That line anchored the Soviet Union to gold at the 1990 World Championship. In his first NHL season, Pavel unsurprisingly won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie! He had a pair of 60-goal seasons under the tenure of coach Pat Quinn. In 1994, Pavel’s leadership and talents helped the Canucks reach the 1994 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to Pavel’s future club, the New York Rangers. Then, Bure began to be plagued by injuries. His reunion in Vancouver with Alexander Mogilny did not last long – Bure missed a lot of games in 1996. But the Russian Rocket managed to come back and rock the hockey world again. At the 1998 Olympics, other than winning the silver medal Pavel led all Olympians with nine goals in and was named top forward of the tournament. In March 1999, he was part of a blockbuster deal that sent him to the Florida Panthers. In 2000, Bure led the NHL in goals, with 58, helping his team finish fifth in the Eastern Conference. One of the highlights of Pavel’s career was playing with his brother Valeri at the 2000 All-Star game in Toronto; Valeri helped Pavel win the game’s MVP award. Next season, Bure again led the league in goals. Unfortunately, his next two seasons were not as successful. In March 2002, Pavel was traded to the New York Rangers, but in his first season with the club, he suffered a season-ending knee injury. After a brief stint in the following campaign, Pavel re-injured his knees and formally retired from playing hockey in 2005. Pavel took on a new challenge when he served as the General Manager of Russia’s men’s hockey team for the 2006 Olympics. In 2012, Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fall and on November 2, 2013 his number 10 was retired by the Vancouver Canucks organization.

Club Stats:

Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1987-88 CSKA Moscow 5 1 1 2 0
1988-89 CSKA Moscow 32 17 9 26 8
1989-90 CSKA Moscow 46 14 10 24 20
1990-91 CSKA Moscow 44 35 11 46 24
1991-92 Vancouver 65 34 26 60 0 30
1992-93 Vancouver 83 60 50 110 +35 69
1993-94 Vancouver 76 60 47 107 +1 86
1994-95 EV Landshut (DEL) 1 3 0 3 2
1994-95 Spartak Moscow 1 2 0 2 2
1994-95 Vancouver 44 20 23 43 -8 47
1995-96 Vancouver 15 6 7 13 -2 8
1996-97 Vancouver 63 23 32 55 -14 40
1997-98 Vancouver 82 51 39 90 +5 48
1998-99 Florida 11 13 3 16 +3 4
1999-00 Florida 74 58 36 94 +25 16
2000-01 Florida 82 59 33 92 -2 58
2001-02 Florida/NY Rangers 68 34 35 69 -5 62
2002-03 NY Rangers 39 19 11 30 +4 16
Totals USSR/Rus. League 128 69 31 100 54
Totals NHL Reg. Season 702 437 342 779 +42 484
Totals NHL Playoffs 64 35 35 70 +8 74

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament GP G A PTS PIM
1988 European U18 6 10 0 10 2
1989 European U18 6 5 6 11 4
1989 World U20 7 8 6 14 4
1990 World U20 7 7 3 10 10
1990 World Championship 10 2 4 6 10
1991 World U20 7 12 3 15 31
1991 World Championship 10 3 8 11 2
1998 Olympic Games 6 9 0 9 2
2000 World Championship 6 4 1 5 10
2002 Olympic Games 6 2 1 3 8
Totals U18 Level 12 15 6 21 6
Totals U20 Level 21 27 12 39 45
Totals Senior Level 38 20 14 34 32

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