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Canucks announce Bure's number to be retired

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks, in front of their season ticket holders at the club’s annual ‘Canucks Summer Summit’, unveiled that Pavel Bure’s number will be retired during the 2013.14 season. It will become only the fourth number in franchise history to be raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena.

Bure was a member of the Canucks from 1991.92 to 1997.98, playing his first NHL game on November 5, 1991 against Winnipeg. While with the organization, Bure tallied 478 points (254-224-478) in 428 games played. He continues to hold the franchise record for most points scored by a rookie with 60 (34-26-60) in 65 games played in 1991.92 as well as for most career shorthanded goals (24). The Moscow, Russia native also ranks in the top five in franchise history in game-winning goals (32), goals (254) and hat tricks (9). Bure shares the franchise lead in playoff goals alongside Trevor Linden, registering 34 in 60 playoff games with Vancouver. In 1994, his 16 playoff goals set a franchise record for most playoff goals in a playoff year and helped Vancouver to one win shy of a Stanley Cup Championship.

Bure was recognized for his accomplished career by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. He became the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

On the international stage, Bure helped the Russian national team secure gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games, the World Championships, World Junior Championships and European Junior Championships. In 1989, Bure was a member of Russia’s gold-medal winning team at the U20 Championships in Alaska where he was also named a tournament all-star. He finished the tournament with 14 points (8-6-14) in seven games played to lead all Russian scorers and trailed only Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano in tournament scoring.

Originally selected by Vancouver 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bure ranks fifth in scoring in his draft class and recorded more points per game (1.11) in his career than any of his peers drafted in 1989.

Bure becomes just the fourth player in the franchise’s 43-year history to have his number retired, alongside Stan Smyl (12), Trevor Linden (16) and Markus Naslund (19). In his playing career Smyl served as team captain from 1982-1990 and established a number of club records, including games played, goals, assists and points at the time of his retirement. Linden spent 16 years as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, seven of which were as captain, and continues to hold a number of club records to this day, including leading the franchise in playoff scoring and games played. Naslund retired from the NHL following the 2008.09 season as the Canucks all-time leader in points (has since been surpassed), playing 12 seasons in a Canuck Uniform and eight as captain; Naslund led the team in scoring for a club record seven seasons, scored 30 or more goals six different times and enjoyed three consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals. During his career Bure was a Canucks teammate of both Linden and Naslund and was played under the direction of Smyl, who was an assistant coach with the organization.

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