SUNRISE, Fla. – Former Florida Panthers right wing Pavel Bure was announced as an official inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame by Bill Hay, Chairman and CEO of the HHOF, Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the HHOF’s Selection Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Though his 12-year professional playing career was cut short by continuing knee problems, Bure was one of the most prolific goal scorers in National Hockey League history. For his career, the Moscow, Russia native recorded 779 points (437-342-779) in 702 games.
Originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (113th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, the “Russian Rocket” spent seven years with the Vancouver Canucks (1991-1998), parts of four seasons with Florida (1999-2002) and parts of two seasons with the NY Rangers (2001-2003).
When Bure was traded to Florida in 1999 he made an immediate impact with the Panthers. He scored two goals in his Florida debut (1/20//99 vs. NYI), earning his first Panthers hat trick only a week later (1/26/99 vs. PHI), scoring eight goals in his first six games played. While playing for Florida during the 1999-2000 season, he led the league in goals (58), shots (360) and game winning goals (14). During the 2000-2001 season he established an NHL record by scoring 29.5% of Panthers goals after recording 59 goals.
Bure holds the Florida single season franchise record for goals scored (59: 2000-2001) and points in one season (94: 1999-2000). He received the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s goal scoring leader in back-to-back seasons (2000 & 2001). Bure posted 251 points (152-99-251) in 223 games while playing for the Panthers.
Other notable accolades include his place as one of eight players to record at least two 60-goal seasons, joining the ranks of Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito, his appearance in six NHL All-Star Games (including capturing the MVP award in 1996) and receiving the Calder Memorial Trophy after the 1991-1992 season.
The 2012 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 12th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2012 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.
- Born March 31, 1971 in Moscow, USSR
- Attended his first CSKA Moscow hockey school at age 6
- By age 11, he was the best forward at camp and was able to practice with Wayne Gretzky and Vladislav Tretiak for television special
- Named to Central Red Army’s junior team at age 14
- Played four years with CSKA Moscow
- Named Best Forward and Tournament All-Star at the 1989 IIHF World Junior Championship
- Named Soviet National League Rookie of the Year in 1989
- Selected in the 6th round, 113th overall, in 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks
- Refused to sign in 1991 with CSKA Moscow having served his mandatory military service, and family defected and moved to California
- Won Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1992 with Vancouver
- Nicknamed the “Russian Rocket” by fans and media
- Was an NHL First Team All-Star in 1994 and two-time NHL Second Team All-Star in 2000, 2001
- Played in six NHL All-Star games: 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, and named the game’s MVP in 2000
- Two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy recipient as NHL’s top regular season goal scorer: 1999-2000 and 2000-01
- Scored 50-or-more goals in a season five times, including two back-to-back 60 goal seasons in 1992-92 and 1993-94
- Scored back-to-back 100+ point seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94
- Played in 702 regular season games in the NHL with Vancouver, Florida and the New York Rangers over 12 seasons
- Scored 779 regular season points (437 goals, 342 assists), as well 70 points in five post-season appearances
- His .623 goals-per-game average ranks 5th best all-time
- Represented the Soviet Union/Russia at the three World Junior Championships (1989, 1990, 1991), three World Championships (1990, 1991, 2000), and two Winter Olympic Games (1998, 2002)
- Won silver medal and was voted Best Forward with a tournament-leading 9 goals at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games at Nagano, Japan
- Won bronze medal at 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Salt Lake City, Utah
- Knee injuries shortened his career forcing him to miss much of the 1995-96, 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons
- Named General Manager of the 2006 Russian Olympic Team immediately upon retirement
The Panthers are set to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and will raise a Southeast Division Championship banner in a pre-game ceremony. Select lower-bowl season tickets are available for as low as $30 now by calling 954-835-PUCK or clicking to FloridaPanthers.com and single-game tickets will be on sale later this summer.
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