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 - over 1 year
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 - about 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 - over 5 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 - over 5 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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 - over 6 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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    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 41
    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 40
    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 39
    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 38
    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 37
    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 35
    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 34
    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 33
    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 32
    Bure remained inactive for another season due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    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 30
    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 29
    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."
    Several days after returning to the lineup, on December 16, 2001, Bure reached the 700-point mark with two assists and an empty net goal in a 3–1 win over the New York Islanders.
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    He sustained the head injury during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 19, 2001, after he was checked into the glass by forward Darcy Tucker.
    Prior to the 2001–02 season, the Panthers acquired Valeri Bure from the Calgary Flames in a trade, reuniting the two brothers under the same team.
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  • 2000
    Age 28
    Bure and Kournikova were reported to have been engaged in 2000 after reporter Andrew Greven took a photo of them together in a Florida restaurant where Bure supposedly asked Kournikova to marry him.
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    After the Panthers were eliminated in the 2000 playoffs, Bure was added to the Russian roster for the 2000 World Championships, held in Saint Petersburg.
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    Bure repeated as league scoring champion in 2000–01 with 59 goals, reaching the 50-goal plateau for the fifth and final time in his career, as well as bettering his franchise single-season goal-scoring record.
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    During the season, he was also named to the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto, where he recorded an assist and the 11th hat trick in the history of the All-Star Game.
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  • 1999
    Age 27
    After being linked to girlfriend Dahn Bryan, a model and actress, early in his NHL career, Bure shared a relationship with tennis star and fellow Russian Anna Kournikova. The two met in 1999 when Kournikova was still linked to Bure's former Russian teammate Sergei Fedorov.
    Bure was set to make his much-anticipated return to Vancouver to play the Canucks on November 5, 1999, but was instead kept out of the lineup due to a broken finger suffered in a game against the Edmonton Oilers.
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    In his first full season as a Panther, in 1999–2000, he led the league in goal-scoring to capture his first of two consecutive Rocket Richard Trophies with a 58-goal season.
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    Meeting the Panthers in New York for a game against the Islanders, Bure debuted with his new club on January 20, 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    Two years later, Bure made his Olympic debut with Russia at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.
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    Bure held out well into the 1998–99 season until he was traded on January 17, 1999, to the Florida Panthers, with Bret Hedican, Brad Ference, and Vancouver's third-round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (Robert Fried) for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes, and Florida's first-round choice in the 2000 draft (Nathan Smith). Talks between general managers Burke and Bryan Murray had begun in late-December, with the two meeting at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    Following the 1997–98 season, Bure told newly appointed general manager Brian Burke in a meeting on July 5, 1998, that he would not play for the Canucks again, despite still having a year left in his contract worth USD $8 million.
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    Although the Canucks missed the playoffs for the second straight year, he returned his previous form in 1997–98, scoring 51 goals for his first 50-goal season since 1993–94 and third overall.
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    Despite finally having a high-profile centre to play with, reports in the media began soon thereafter that Bure was requesting to be traded, starting with an article published by The Province on August 26, 1997, by Tony Gallagher.
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    With under a month left in the season, he received another hit, this time from defenceman Aaron Miller of the Colorado Avalanche during a game on March 3, 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    Three years later, however, in 1996, American sports network ESPN aired reports alleging Bure was a potential associate to the Russian mafia on account of his relationship with friend and business partner Anzor Kikalishvili, known to both Russian and American police as a suspected criminal and possible Russian mob boss.
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    Further controversy ensued five years later in the inaugural 1996 World Cup (the successor tournament to the Canada Cup).
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    In the season opener against the Calgary Flames, on October 5, 1996, Bure was pushed into the boards head-first by rookie defenceman Todd Simpson.
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    Competing for Russia in an exhibition match for the 1996 World Cup in August, he had suffered another setback with a bruised kidney and was sidelined for three weeks, but was able to recover in time for the NHL season.
    Bure returned to the Canucks lineup with his knee fully recovered in the 1996–97 season.
    Without Bure, the Canucks managed to make the 1996 playoffs on the strength of an offence led by Linden and Mogilny, but were defeated in six games of the opening round by the Colorado Avalanche, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    Early in the season, Bure sustained the first of what were to be several serious knee injuries during his career. On November 9, 1995, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Bure was grabbed around the head by defenceman Steve Smith while approaching the end boards.
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    At the start of the 1995–96 season, Bure changed his jersey number from 10 to 96.
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    The Canucks' elimination in 1995 marked the last time Bure appeared in the post-season with the club.
    Nevertheless, in the 1995 playoffs, Bure set franchise records for most goals and points in a series with 7 and 12 respectively in a seven-game series victory against the St. Louis Blues (Mikael Samuelsson later tied Bure's goal-scoring record in 2010 against the Los Angeles Kings).
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    Bure also claimed that the constant allegations of him threatening not to play during the 1994 playoff run were planted by someone within Canucks management.
    However, there were unresolved contract issues, as Salcer claimed that the Canucks promised they would pay Bure's full salary despite the lockout, which cancelled nearly half of the 1994–95 season.
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    Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Bure spent single-game stints with HC Spartak Moscow of the Russian Super League and EV Landshut of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
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    A Toronto Star article published before the first game of the Finals on May 31, 1994, claimed that Bure had signed a five-year, US $30 million contract that, if the Canucks had not agreed to, would have seen him pull out of game five of the Conference Finals against the Maple Leafs.
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  • 1993
    Age 21
    Bure tied for second-place on Bob McKenzie's 1993 coaches poll for the NHL's best penalty killer.
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    Bure and the Canucks had, in fact, entered into contract negotiations at the beginning of the 1993–94 season, although two years remained in his original deal.
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    As the Canucks struggled to score in the second half of the 1993-94 season, Bure recorded 49 goals in the club's final 51 games and contributed to 46.45% of his team's goals in the final 47 games of the season to carry the Canucks into the 1994 postseason.
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    Bure recorded only four goals between his return on November 14, 1993 and December 19, 1993, a dramatic decline from his near goal-per-game pace throughout that season.
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    On October 27, 1993, Pat Quinn voiced his opinion, stating in regards to Bure's injury, "groins aren't something you can fool with.
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    Bure began the 1993-94 season with 7 goals and 13 points in 8 games, but then suffered his first career injury on October 23, 1993, pulling his groin in a match against the San Jose Sharks.
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    Bure appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game that season in 1993, being named to the Clarence Campbell Conference Team as the lone Canucks representative.
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  • 1992
    Age 20
    Bure improved on his rookie season in 1992–93 for his first of two consecutive 60-goal seasons.
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    As the Canucks opened the 1992 playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets, Bure recorded his first NHL hat trick in game six to help force a seventh and deciding game.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    Five days after arriving in North America from Moscow with his father and brother on September 6, 1991 (his mother Tatiana arrived two months later), Bure married an American fashion model in a civil ceremony.
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    The 1991 team marked the last World Championships that the Soviets played as the USSR, giving way to the union's dissolution later that year.
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    Bure later competed in the 1991 World Championships for his second international appearance of the year.
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    In 1991, Bure appeared in his third and final World Junior Championships.
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    He played his first game for the Canucks on November 5, 1991, in a 3–3 tie against the Winnipeg Jets.
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    Garnering much attention in Vancouver, his first practice with the club on November 3, 1991, was attended by approximately 2,000 fans at Britannia Ice Rink in East Vancouver.
    Due to the court proceedings, Bure's Canucks debut in 1991–92 was delayed until a month into the season.
    Bure left Moscow with his father and brother on September 6, 1991, temporarily staying in Los Angeles.
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    During the 1991 World Junior Championships, he told the Toronto Sun in an interview that he was hesitant to defect for fears that the Soviets would make things difficult for his younger brother Valeri Bure, who was 15 at the time and playing in the junior league.
    Nearly five years before Bure made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 at the Pacific Coliseum, he played his first game at his future home rink as part of the tour.
  • 1990
    Age 18
    Later that year, he made his senior debut with the Soviet national team as a 19-year-old at the 1990 World Championships in Switzerland.
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    After the pick was deemed illegal by league president John Ziegler in a press release on May 17, 1990, the Canucks appealed the decision, procuring game sheets proving Bure's participation in the additional games with the help of recent Soviet acquisition Igor Larionov. It was not until the eve of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, in which Bure would have been re-entered, that the draft choice was upheld.
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    Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union, he won two silver medals and a gold in three World Junior Championships, followed by a gold and a silver medal in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, respectively.
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  • 1989
    Age 17
    The following year, Bure debuted at the world under-20 level as a 17-year-old at the 1989 World Junior Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
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    Smith did not have any plans to draft Bure in 1989, however, as he believed Bure was ineligible.
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    Bure was selected 113th overall in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, following his rookie season with CSKA Moscow.
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    Prior to the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, William Houston of The Globe and Mail wrote, "The best of the group is Soviet star winger Pavel Bure, a spectacular player with outstanding speed.
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    The combination of Bure, Fedorov and Mogilny formed a promising combination for head coach Viktor Tikhonov, with expectations to replace the previous top Soviet line, the K-L-M combination of Vladimir Krutov, Larionov and Makarov. The trio was short-lived, as Mogilny defected to play for the Buffalo Sabres in 1989 and Fedorov joined the Detroit Red Wings the following year.
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    His individual success helped CSKA Moscow capture their thirteenth consecutive Soviet championship and twelfth consecutive IIHF European Cup in 1989 (they repeated as European champions the following year).
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    Selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, he began his NHL career in 1991–92 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie before leading the NHL in goal-scoring in 1993-94 and helping the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
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  • 1988
    Age 16
    Bure joined the club full-time in 1988–89 and amassed 17 goals, a Soviet League record for rookies.
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  • 1987
    Age 15
    He made his debut in September 1987 when the club briefly lost several players to the 1987 Canada Cup; Bure played in five games that season.
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    He was invited to the senior club's training camp for the 1987–88 season and although he was deemed too young and not yet ready for the Soviet League, Bure earned minimal playing time filling in for absent regulars.
  • 1986
    Age 14
    In December 1986, he embarked on a tour of Canada, spanning from Ottawa to Vancouver, with the Soviet national midget team.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 10
    Around that time, in July 1982, Bure was selected as one of three young Russian players to practice with Wayne Gretzky and Soviet national goaltender Vladislav Tretiak in a taped television special.
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  • 1971
    Born
    Bure was born in Moscow to Vladimir and Tatiana Bure in 1971.
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