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Canucks Announce Pavel Bure’s Jersey Retirement Date

Pavel Bure’s Jersey Retirement

Pavel Bure’s Jersey Retirement

Pavel Bure, one of the most decorated players in Canucks franchise history will have his No. 10 raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena when the Canucks play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 2. Bure’s No. 10 will be the 4th jersey up in the rafters along with Stan Smyl’s No. 12, Trevor Linden’s No. 16 and Markus Naslund’s No. 19. Pavel Bure has been enjoying the retiree lifestyle, as he was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame just last year.

Pavel Bure was born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, Russia. Nicknamed the “The Russian Rocket” because of his tremendous speed on the ice, Bure terrorized opposing teams for 12 years in the NHL, and especially during his prime years with the Vancouver Canucks. Pavel Bure played for the Canucks organization from 1991-1998, and during his tenure with the Canucks Bure totaled 478 points, which places him 7th on the all-time list, while his 254 goals place him 5th on the clubs all-time goal list. After being selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, Bure would soar right as he stepped foot on the ice. During the 1991-1992 season, Pavel won the Calder Memorial Trophy, as the league’s best rookie. Pavel Bure continued his dominance by leading the Canucks to the 1993-1994 Stanley Cup Finals. During the 1993-1994 season, Pavel also lead the league in scoring. After 7 seasons with the Canucks, Bure was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he would win back to back Rocket Richard Trophies.

Now to some fans, Pavel Bure was nothing more than a greedy person. Towards the end of his tenure with the Canucks, Bure held out on many occasions, claiming that he was owed various sums of money from the Canucks organization. Coupled with these factors, as well as numerous knee injuries, Pavel Bure requested to be traded, and subsequently was traded to the Florida Panthers

When a players jersey is being retired, it is important to remember that this special moment, is meant to remember the positive impact this individual has had on the franchise. Simply put, Bure has put his stamp on Canucks history in so many ways. After being down 3-1 to the Calgary Flames, he willed the squad all the way back, and eventually the Canucks won 3 straight OT games to advance to the next round. Pavel Bure was one of the most skilled players to play the game of hockey, and for that reason, coupled with his passion for the game, his number will be sent to the rafters at Rogers Arena. Congratulations Pavel!

Written by: Hamed Amiri

Image via Canucks.com

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