Pavel Bure

Russian professional ice hockey player Pavel Bure

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Trained in the Soviet Union, where he was known as "Pasha", he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.
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Vote for the National Hockey Legends: Pantheon of Greatness
ABC News - almost 2 years
Patrick Kane or Brett Hull? Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux? Alex Ovechkin or Pavel Bure? Every one of the six countries in the World Cup of Hockey (there are also two teams composed of players from two or more countries that aren't part of this exercise) has a rich heritage of players in its past. But which player is the best of all time? It's a tough question, so that's why we want you to determine the answer. Below are the 10 best players of all time from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States as determined by our hockey experts. From that list, we want you to pick the player you think is the best, across all leagues, all eras. The results will help us pick the best four from all the nations for unveiling during our World Cup of Hockey coverage, which begins Sept. 17. Let's go! ...
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Sabres rookie Jack Eichel stays grounded while poised for NHL stardom
Chicago Times - over 2 years
Jack Eichel had posters of some of hockey's greatest players on his bedroom wall while growing up in Massachusetts: Sidney Crosby, Pavel Bure, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Yzerman. The children of Sabres veteran Matt Moulson have their own future NHL star hanging around the house: Eichel. The 19-year-old...
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HHOF Profile: Pavel Bure had perfect timing [Video]
Calgary Sun - over 5 years
Pavel Bure’s great-grandparents were the court-appointed watchmakers to the Russians Czars in the 19th century.
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Four are elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
LATimes - about 6 years
Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates will be inducted Nov. 12 in Toronto. Mats Sundin's immediate reaction told the story.
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Oilers take Yakupov No. 1
CNN - about 6 years
Nail Yakupov grew up idolizing Pavel Bure. The 18-year-old is one up on the Russian Rocket as the Edmonton Oilers picked the dynamic forward with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft.
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Might Be Rocking the High Number This Season - The Province (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
Like the case of Pavel Bure, who wanted to wear number 96 — in honour of the date of his arrival (9/6) in North America — to start his NHL career. That idea was foiled by Canucks coach Pat Quinn, who thought it was a “showboat” number
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2011 Canada vs. the World Hockey - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - almost 7 years
Two autographs in every box from some of hockey's greatest international players, including Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Vladislav Tretiak and Pavel Bure. Game-used memorabilia (four per box) highlights: International Goalies, World's Best,
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Since 1993: A Look at the Panthers, Ducks, and Stars. - Too Many Men on the Site
Google News - almost 7 years
They also made the playoffs again that year, with a strong Pavel Bure leading the way. However, they were swept in the first round by the New Jersey Devils and have never made the playoffs since. The Panthers have gone through 8 coaches since then and
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Photos in this gallery - Sportsnet.ca
Google News - almost 7 years
Pavel Bure was one of the top goal scorers during the 1990s in the NHL. The Russian Rocket was famous for his acceleration and dominant speed. He finished his career with 437 goals and 779 total points and if not for injuries at the end of his career,
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50 Musicians And Their Childhood Dream Jobs - Paste Magazine (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
My room was covered in trophies, and posters of Felix Potvin and Pavel Bure. I'm pretty sure us and the neighborhood kids watched Airborne every weekend to get pumped for our games. Age when he wanted to be that profession: 9 years old. Why that job?
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High praise for top 2012 draft prospect Yakupov - NHL.com
Google News - almost 7 years
When you watch him explode in his skating, he reminds you of Pavel Bure." "Usually when you watch Russian players, you tend to compare them to Russians. But the other player Yakupov kind of reminds me of is Jari Kurri in the sense that he knows how to
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It's time for the NHL to phase out fighting once and for all - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
I loved that a game that could be absolutely brutal at times could also accommodate the artistry of a Mario Lemieux or a Pavel Bure. I loved the fights. Things have changed in my life since that time, but I still love hockey
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How Ya Like Me Now? - The Rat Trick
Google News - almost 7 years
In two quick summers the Florida Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon have revamped the roster faster than a Pavel Bure wrist shot screaming past an opposing goaltender. With 11 new players this year, plus the potential of young defenceman Erik
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NHL Power Rankings: Ranking Each and Every Team's All-Time Starting Lineups - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 7 years
On the right wing was the highly effective Russian Rocket Pavel Bure. Bure had lightning speed, a booming shot, and great hockey knowledge. Bure's best year as a Panther saw him score 59 goals and 33 assists for 92 points. The year before he put up a
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NHL's Best of the Best - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 7 years
He frequently won the faster skater challenges at NHL All-Star Weekends and beat another renowned skater, Pavel Bure, in this video to be considered the fastest skater. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the NHL's Original Six teams
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NHL Hall of Fame 2011: 12 Current Players Destined for Enshrinement - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 7 years
While the NHL HoF committee's selection process has often come under fire (due to such glaring omissions as Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, and the late-great Pat Burns), being voted in to the Hall of Fame is nevertheless a prestigious achievement
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 42
    On November 1, 2013, the Vancouver Canucks officially renamed the award the Pavel Bure Most Exciting Player Award in his honor.
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    On November 2, 2013, the Canucks officially retired Bure's #10 jersey.
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  • 2012
    Age 41
    After being passed for induction in his first six years of eligibility, Bure was voted in on June 27, 2012, alongside Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin.
    In a 2012 interview, Bure admitted having sustained a head injury on the Simpson hit and that "he should not have played through it."
    Bure was later recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
    After six years of eligibility, Bure was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in June 2012.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 40
    Over five years later, in December 2011, Bure was announced as one of the 2012 inductees for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. He was named alongside American Phil Housley, Finn Raimo Helminen and Czechoslovak Milan Novy in the annual class. The players will be officially inducted in a ceremony in May 2012.
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    After being passed a sixth time in 2011, Bure's brother, Valeri went public on the Vancouver radio station TEAM 1040, declaring "somebody in the committee probably doesn't like him."
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    Leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, former Soviet national goaltender Vladislav Tretiak was named Bure's successor as Olympic general manager on October 12, 2009.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    Bure married 23-year-old model Alina Khasanova on October 10, 2009. Bure and Khasanova had known each other for four years after meeting in Turkey. The wedding was held in Moscow for over 300 guests at a restaurant. Pravda reported the couple had officially married on October 10, 2008, in Miami.
    Bure's points total also remained the highest by any Russian player until Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded 36 in 2009.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    In late-August 2007, the Tver Court of Moscow ruled in favour of Bure in the total amount of 67,000 rubles.
    Despite an official apology from the airline company in June 2007, Bure took the issue to court, suing British Airways for 20 million rubles.
    He finished with a career playoff total of 66 points with the Canucks, including 34 goals, which remained the highest club total until Linden tied the mark in 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    Nearly a year after his retirement, on October 31, 2006, Bure filed another suit after being kicked off a British Airways flight by the pilot, having been mistaken for a rowdy soccer fan.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    After the NHL resumed play for the 2005–06 season, Bure announced his retirement from professional hockey at a press conference in Moscow on November 1, 2005, due to complications with his chronically injured knee.
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    The court ruled in favour of Bure in November 2005.
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    Shortly thereafter, on January 31, 2005, Bure sued Arbat Prestige for 300 million rubles (US$10.65 million) in a court in Moscow.
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    Bure's skating was also complemented by his ability to deke out defenders and goaltenders at top speeds, making him capable of routinely starting end-to-end rushes. However, several knee injuries and consequent reconstructive surgeries compromised the speed that defined Bure's game, ultimately leading to his retirement in 2005.
    Upon the announcement of his retirement in 2005, Bure was named Russia's Olympic general manager, succeeding Viacheslav Fetisov.
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    Bure remained inactive for another season due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    Bure did not play in 2003–04 due to lingering effects of the knee injury, even after two operations.
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  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, Bure sued the Russian newspaper the eXile for publishing an article stating that he broke up with Kournikova on account of her having two vaginas.
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    Bure returned to the lineup to record 14 goals and 21 points in his first 27 games, including two goals and an assist in his first game back, before suffering a knee-on-knee collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Curtis Brown in a game on December 6, 2002.
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    Bure suffered another knee injury in a 2002–03 pre-season matchup with the New Jersey Devils on September 24, 2002.
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    The New York Rangers acquired Bure on March 18, 2002, along with Florida's second-round pick in the 2002 draft (Lee Falardeau) for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak, as well as the Rangers' first and second-round choices in the 2002 draft (Petr Tatíček and Rob Globke, respectively) and a fourth-round choice in the 2003 draft.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 30
    They were soon divorced, however, and Kournikova later entered into a long term relationship with pop star Enrique Iglesias in 2001 after appearing in his music video "Escape."