|Nickname(s)||The Russian Rocket|
|5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
191 lb (87 kg)
New York Rangers
HC CSKA Moscow
HC Spartak Moscow
|Born||March 31 1971
Moscow, Soviet Union
|NHL Draft||113th overall, 1989
|Pro Career||1991 – 2005|
Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR) is a former professional ice hockey player. He was a right winger and played in the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as for the Soviet Union and Russia internationally. He won a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and a silver medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. During his career in the NHL, he played for the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Currently, Bure serves as the General Manager for Russia's Olympic hockey team.
Pavel was named after his great-grandfather, a watchmaker to Tsar Alexander III. Bure's family made precious watches for the tsars from 1815-1917. In 1996, Bure presented 3 of the 50 gold replicas of the company's last model to then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov.
Bure comes from an athletic family; his father, Vladimir Bure, was an Olympic swimmer who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Olympic Games. In the '72 Games he won the bronze medal (100m), and lost the gold by half a second to swimming legend Mark Spitz. Pavel Bure's younger brother, Valeri Bure, also played in the NHL.
Bure began his hockey career at 16, playing for the Soviet Red Army team.
Bure has had a relationship with tennis player Anna Kournikova, which ended in a broken engagement.
Bure did the first ever Sports Live Chat on the Internet in Canada in 1995 with Bob Kerstein, CIO of the Vancouver Canucks.
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. He started playing for the Canucks in the 1991-92 NHL season. In his first game, November 5, 1991, Bure dazzled Vancouver fans with spectacular rushes up the ice, though he failed to score in a 3-3 tie against Winnipeg. He scored 34 goals and 60 points in 65 games and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year for 1991-92. In the following two seasons, he registered sixty goals each. He was an integral part of the Vancouver Canucks' scoring department for many years to come, helping them all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994. In the 1994 playoffs, Bure played perhaps the best hockey of his career with blazing rushes up the ice, many brilliant goals, and even some big hits and strong defensive play. He recorded 16 goals and 31 points in 24 games and scored what is probably the biggest goal in Canucks history. In the seventh game of the opening round series in Calgary, Bure beat Mike Vernon on a breakaway in the second overtime period to win the series for the Canucks.
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 Gary Suter – Bure returned to top form in 1997-98, scoring 51 goals and finishing 3rd in the NHL with 90 points. In addition, he was one of the stars of the 1998 Olympic tournament in Nagano, Japan, scoring nine goals in six games for Russia. This included a brilliant five-goal performance in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland. The Russians earned 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 for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes, and Florida's first round draft choice in the 2000 draft. In Florida, his goal-scoring continued, as he led the league with back-to-back 58- and 59-goal seasons in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. However, the Panthers failed to win a playoff game in Bure's tenure there, getting swept by New Jersey in his only series as a Panther.
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. Plagued by injuries throughout his career, he did not play in the 2003-04 NHL season 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.
In 2001 a Moscow based newspaper called the eXile published an article claiming Bure broke-up with Anna Kournikova after discovering she had two vaginas . Bure successfully sued the eXile under Russian libel law for 500,000 rubles (about US$20,000) in damages.. The eXile claimed that the original article was a parody and suggested Pavel Bure's influential status may have compromised the judgment.
In 2005, Bure again launched another Kournikova related lawsuit, this time against perfume chain Arbat Prestige for defamation. Bure seeks 300,000,000 rubles in damages.
In August, 2007, a Russian court awarded Bure 67,000 rubles (Cdn $2,750) in a lawsuit he filed against British Airways after being forced to leave a plane. The pilot suspected Bure was a "soccer hooligan", and would not take off until Bure was escorted off the plane.
|1987-88||HC CSKA Moscow||RSL||5||1||1||2||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|1988-89||HC CSKA Moscow||RSL||32||17||9||26||8||--||--||--||--||--|
|1989-90||HC CSKA Moscow||Russia||46||14||11||25||22||--||--||--||--||--|
|1990-91||HC CSKA Moscow||RSL||44||35||11||46||24||--||--||--||--||--|
|1994-95||HC Spartak Moscow||RSL||1||2||0||2||2||--||--||--||--||--|
|2001-02||New York Rangers||NHL||12||12||8||20||6||--||--||--||--||--|
|2002-03||New York Rangers||NHL||39||19||11||30||16||--||--||--||--||--|
|Florida Panthers captains|
|Skrudland | Mellanby | Bure | Laus | Jokinen|