Pavel Vladimirovich Bure


Position: right wing
Shoots: L 
Height: 5-10  Weight: 191 
Born: 3/31/1971 in Moscow, USSR
NHL Draft: Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in 1989 #113 overall

Olympic medals: 1x Silver (1998); 1x Bronze (2002)
World Champion: 1x (1990)
Junior World Champion: 1x (1989)
Winner SSSR Championship: 2x (1988, 1989)


  • Calder Trophy: 1992
  • Maurice Richard Trophy: 2000, 2001
  • Art Ross Runner-Up: 2000
  • Hart Runner-Up: 2000
  • NHL First All-Star Team: 1994
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Biography [Source:] Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed and skill, Bure was picked 113th overall in the 6th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks out of the Central Red Army. Bure was a steal because the Canucks had chosen him seemingly a year ahead of his eligible draft season. However, Canucks scout Mike Penny had discovered that Bure had played in enough international games to make him eligible a year early. He started playing for the Canucks in 1991-92, appearing in his first game on November 5, 1991, in a 3-3 tie against Winnipeg. He scored 34 goals and 60 points in 65 games, tying Ivan Hlinka's 1981-82 team mark for most single-season points by a rookie. At the end of the season, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.

In the following two seasons, he registered sixty goals each, leading the NHL in scoring in 1993-94. That year, entering the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the seventh seed, Bure led the Canucks, along with captain Trevor Linden and goalie Kirk McLean, on their Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the seventh game of the opening round series in Calgary, Bure scored one of the most significant and well-known goals in Canucks history. Deking Flames goalie Mike Vernon on a breakaway in the second overtime, Bure advanced the Canucks past Calgary to the second round against Dallas. In a spirited game two against Dallas, Bure scored two goals and, throwing his weight around, would send Stars enforcer Shane Churla to the ice (he was later fined $500 by the league for raising his elbows). As the Canucks reached the finals against New York, Bure tried a move similar to his series-clinching breakaway against Calgary on a penalty shot in game four, but was stopped by Rangers goalie Mike Richter. Vancouver was defeated in seven games and Bure finished with 16 goals and 31 points in 24 games, second in playoff scoring to Conn Smythe winner Brian Leetch.

After injuries hampered him for the better part of the next three seasons - the worst of which involved a torn ACL at the hands of Steve Smith - Bure returned to top form in 1997-98, scoring 51 goals and finishing third in the NHL with 90 points. In addition, he starred in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, scoring nine goals in six games for Russia as team captain. This included a brilliant five-goal performance in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland. Bure and the Russians were awarded the silver medal after losing 1-0 to the Czech Republic in the final.

After the season was over, Bure announced that he would not play for the Canucks again, and did not report to the club for the 1998-99 season. On January 17, 1999, he was traded to the Florida Panthers with Bret Hedican, Brad Ference, and Vancouver's 3rd round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (Robert Fried) for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes, and Florida's first round draft choice in the 2000 draft (Nathan Smith). Bure left the Canucks as the franchise's fourth leading scorer of all-time (as of the end of the 2007-08 season, he is presently fifth).

The Panthers subsequently signed him to the most lucrative contract in team history, a 6-year, $58 million deal. Because Bure had held out for the majority of the season, Bure only appeared in 11 games for Florida in 1998-99, but would score an impressive 13 goals in that span. As a Panther, Bure would lead the league in scoring with back-to-back 58- and 59-goal seasons in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, capturing two Rocket Richard Trophies. In his first full season in Florida, the Panthers would make the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the fifth seed, but were swept by eventual Stanley Cup champions, the New Jersey Devils. It would be Bure's final appearance in the NHL playoffs.

On March 18, 2002, Bure was acquired by the New York Rangers along with Florida's 2nd round pick in the 2002 draft for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak and the Rangers' 1st and 2nd round choices in the draft and a 4th round choice in the 2003 draft. Upon being traded, he scored 12 goals in 12 games to complete the season with the Rangers.

Plagued by injuries throughout his career, he did not play in 2003-04 due to a lingering knee injury even after two operations. On November 1, 2005, Bure announced his retirement from professional hockey due to complications with his injured knee (injury sustained in 2003). At the same time, it was announced that Bure would be the general manager of Russia's ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.



USSR ChampionshipsRegular Season / Playoffs
1987-88CSKA Moscow 51120
1988-89CSKA Moscow 32179268
1989-90CSKA Moscow 4614112522
1990-91CSKA Moscow 4435114624
1994-95Spartak Moscow 12022
USSR Totals 128693210156 
National Team
1989U20 World Championship 786144
1990U20 World Championship 7731010
1990World Championship 1024610
1991U20 World Championship 71231531
1991World Championship 1038112
1998Olympic Games 69092
2000World Championship 641510
2002Olympic Games 62138
Totals 5947267377 
NHLRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1991-92Vancouver Canucks 653426603013641014
1992-93Vancouver Canucks 826050110691257128
1993-94Vancouver Canucks 766047107862416153140
1994-95Vancouver Canucks 442023434711761310
1995-96Vancouver Canucks 1567138----------
1996-97Vancouver Canucks 6323325540----------
1997-98Vancouver Canucks 8251399048----------
1998-99Florida Panthers 11133164----------
1999-00Florida Panthers 745836941641342
2000-01Florida Panthers 8259339258----------
2001-02Florida Panthers 5622274956----------
2001-02New York Rangers 12128206----------
2002-03New York Rangers 3919113016----------
NHL Totals 7024373427794846435357074
DELRegular SeasonPlayoffs
1994-95EV Landshut 13032
DEL Totals 13032