The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they will retire No. 10 this upcoming NHL season in honor of former Canuck Pavel Bure.
Bure was a member of the Canucks for his first seven NHL seasons, from the 1991-1992 season through 1997-98. During his time with Vancouver, Bure recorded 254 goals and 224 assists for 478 points in 428 games played. His 254 goals put him in the franchise’s top-five in that category, despite just seven seasons with the team. The Russian Rocket also registers in Vancouver’s top-five with 32 game-winning goals and a remarkable nine hat tricks. He holds the overall club record for most career short-handed goals, with no less than 24 tallies.
Taken in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bure took the NHL by storm during his 1991-92 rookie season. That season, the Moscow, USSR-native set the franchise rookie mark with 60 points in 65 games played, a Canucks record he still holds.
Bure’s 34 playoff goals with Vancouver place him in a tie for the most in franchise history with Mr. Canuck, Trevor Linden. However, Bure’s total was amassed in far fewer opportunities, with 60 playoff games to Linden’s 118 games played as a ‘Nuck. During Vancouver’s 1994 run to the Stanley Cup Finals, Bure’s 16 playoff goals still amount to a franchise record for a single playoff stretch.
The Russian Rocket was undoubtedly one of the fastest and most-dominating players in the game during his eleven NHL seasons. Four times, he put up 58 or more goals. After the 1998 campaign, Bure was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he would eventually be joined by his brother, Valeri Bure. Pavel’s scoring prowess followed him to Florida and even in his brief stint with the New York Rangers, until his career met an early demise due to knee injury.
With his career in the books, Bure looks back fondly on his tenure in Vancouver. Though he also wore the No. 96 jersey in parts of his tenure with the Canucks, it was the No. 10 he wore in the beginning and the end that Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini proudly suggested they retire.
“It’s a huge honor,” noted Bure. “I’m just really proud and happy.”
“It just brings lots of good memories to be next to those great guys,” says Bure, who was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, 2012.
The announcement came during the annual Canucks Summer Summit for season ticket holders. A date for the official retirement of No. 10 has yet to be set.
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