95 Facts About Pavel Bure


Pavel Vladimirovich Bure is a Russian former professional ice hockey player who played the right wing position.

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Pavel Bure struggled with knee injuries throughout his career, resulting in his retirement in 2005 as a member of the Rangers, although he had not played since 2003.

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Pavel Bure averaged better than a point per game in his NHL career and is fourth all-time in goals per game.

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Pavel Bure was later recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

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Pavel Bure was born in Moscow in 1971 to Vladimir and Tatiana Pavel Bure.

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Vladimir Bure, a Russian swimming legend, had dreams of Pavel becoming a professional swimmer, but he aspired to play hockey at an early age.

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Pavel Bure attended his first tryout with the CSKA Moscow hockey school at the age of six, despite his limited skating ability.

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Around that time, in July 1982, Pavel Bure was selected as one of three young Russian players to practice with Wayne Gretzky and Soviet national goaltender Vladislav Tretiak in a taped television special.

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Pavel Bure earned another opportunity to meet Gretzky, as well as defenseman Paul Coffey, when his team stopped in Edmonton to play at the Northlands Coliseum.

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At age 16, Pavel Bure began his professional hockey career playing for CSKA Moscow.

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Pavel Bure made his debut in September 1987, and played five games for the senior team, scoring his only goal in his first game.

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Pavel Bure added 9 assists for 26 points to earn the league's rookie of the year honours.

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Pavel Bure turned down a three-year contract extension in August 1991, which resulted in him being left off the roster of the Soviet team for the Canada Cup.

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Pavel Bure is compared to Vladimir Krutov and the late Soviet superstar of the 1970s, Valeri Kharlamov.

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Pavel Bure was selected 113th overall in the sixth round Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, following his rookie season with CSKA Moscow.

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Meanwhile, Winnipeg Jets general manager Mike Smith, claimed he made an offer to the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation that would involve three years of transfer payments before Pavel Bure would be allowed to join the Jets; however Smith did not have any plans to draft Pavel Bure in 1989 as he believed he was ineligible.

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Pavel Bure left Moscow with his father and brother on September 6,1991, staying temporarily in Los Angeles.

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Pavel Bure finished with 34 goals and 60 points in 65 games that season, including 22 goals in his final 23 games.

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Pavel Bure finished his first Stanley Cup playoffs with six goals and 10 points in 13 games.

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However, despite being named the league's top rookie, Pavel Bure was left off the NHL All-Rookie Team, making him the only Calder recipient not to be named to the lineup.

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When it came to voting for the players, Pavel Bure had the most total votes, but not enough at either position to claim a spot.

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Furthermore, Pavel Bure scored two of his goals on the penalty kill to set a fourth team record for most short-handed goals in one contest.

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Pavel Bure appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game in 1993, being named to the Clarence Campbell Conference Team as the lone Canucks' representative, and scored two goals.

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Pavel Bure surpassed Patrik Sundstrom's franchise record of 91 points.

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Pavel Bure finished the season with 110 points in 83 games, and became the first Canuck named to the NHL first All-Star team.

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Pavel Bure concluded the season with a streak of 49 goals and 78 points in his final 51 games, and earned player of the month honours in March 1994 after scoring 19 goals and 30 points in 16 games.

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Pavel Bure's March scoring burst was just one point shy of Stan Smyl's 31-point March in 1983 for the most productive month by a Canucks player.

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Pavel Bure recorded 49 goals in the club's final 51 games, and contributed to 46.

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In game two of the second round against the Dallas Stars, Pavel Bure knocked enforcer Shane Churla to the ice with an elbow to the jaw.

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Pavel Bure recorded six goals and eight points in five games against the Dallas Stars, and against the Toronto Maple Leafs the following round scored four goals and six points in five games.

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Pavel Bure finished with a team-high 16 goals and 31 points in 24 games, second in playoff scoring only to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brian Leetch.

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Pavel Bure joined a team of Russian NHL players organized by Slava Fetisov that returned to Russia to play a five-game charity tour against local clubs.

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Pavel Bure soon reported to Vancouver and went on to tally 43 points in 44 games of the shortened season.

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Pavel Bure finished with a career playoff total of 66 points with the Canucks, including 34 goals, which remained the highest club total until Linden tied the mark in 2007.

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Pavel Bure had originally asked to wear the number when he first joined the Canucks, but was not permitted to do so by head coach Pat Quinn, who did not approve of high jersey numbers.

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Early in the season, Pavel Bure sustained the first of several serious knee injuries during his career.

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On November 9,1995, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Pavel Bure was grabbed around the head by defenseman Steve Smith while approaching the end boards.

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Pavel Bure continued to play after the hit, but experienced headaches in the following weeks.

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Pavel Bure left the game and did not return for the remainder of the season.

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Pavel Bure later recalled that with the Canucks out of playoff contention with a handful of games left, head coach Mike Keenan told him he could play as much as he wanted to reach the milestone.

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Pavel Bure then went public with the declaration, stating he intended to leave the club for "personal reasons".

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Pavel Bure claimed that someone within the Canucks' management planted the constant allegations that he threatened not to play during the 1994 playoff run.

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Pavel Bure played on an all-Russian line with Viktor Kozlov and Oleg Kvasha and scored two goals.

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Pavel Bure helped Florida to a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference to earn their first post-season berth in three seasons, though they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the New Jersey Devils.

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Pavel Bure finished third for the Hart Memorial Trophy winner behind Chris Pronger and Jagr.

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Pavel Bure was named to the NHL second All-Star team for the first time.

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Pavel Bure was set to make his much-anticipated return to Vancouver to play the Canucks on November 5,1999, but was kept out of the lineup due to a broken finger.

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Pavel Bure was named to the NHL second All-Star team, behind Jagr in the right wing position for the second consecutive year.

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However, Pavel Bure suffered a setback in the pre-season re-injuring his groin.

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Pavel Bure recalled having "good relations" with Panthers' management, who often consulted with him on team matters, including the acquisition of his brother.

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Pavel Bure scored 12 goals and 20 points in 12 games after being traded, bettering his pace with Florida that season.

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Pavel Bure returned that season to appear in 39 games, managing 19 goals and 30 points.

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Pavel Bure failed a pre-season physical and was declared medically unable to play.

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Pavel Bure became the fifth Soviet or Russian player and the first player to spend the majority of his career with the Canucks to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Pavel Bure was often compared with Cam Neely, a player who waited six years for induction; he recorded similar goals-per-game numbers in a career that was shortened to 700-plus games.

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Pavel Bure was named to the Tournament All-Star team, and earned Best Forward honours.

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Pavel Bure again participated in the 1989 European Junior Championship, helping the Soviet Union win the gold medal.

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Pavel Bure competed in his second World Juniors in 1990, winning a silver medal in Helsinki, Finland, and scoring seven goals in seven games.

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Pavel Bure scored two goals and four assists in ten games to help the Soviets to a gold medal finish.

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Several months later, in July, Pavel Bure took part in his third international tournament of the year at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle.

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Pavel Bure scored four goals and an assist in five games, and the Soviets won the gold medal.

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In 1991, Pavel Bure appeared in his third and final World Junior Championships.

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Pavel Bure finished the tournament as the leading scorer with 12 goals in 7 games and the Soviets won the silver medal.

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Pavel Bure finished his three-year World Junior career with a tournament-record 27 goals, to go with 39 points, in 21 games.

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Pavel Bure later competed in the 1991 World Championships, his second international appearance of the year.

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Pavel Bure improved on his previous year's total with 11 points in 11 games, tied for the team lead with Valeri Kamensky, and helped the Soviets to a bronze medal finish.

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Pavel Bure was set to represent the Soviet Union at the 1991 Canada Cup, however after turning down a three-year contract with his Russian club, CSKA Moscow, he was left off the final roster.

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Pavel Bure played his first international tournament for Russia in preliminary games for the inaugural 1996 World Cup.

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Pavel Bure had recently recovered from reconstructive surgery to his right knee, and had begun practicing with the Russian national team where he was reunited on a line with Fedorov and Mogilny, the first and only time the three of them would play together at the senior level; the line was considered "perhaps the best forward line on earth" at the time.

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Two years later, Pavel Bure made his Olympic debut with Russia at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.

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Pavel Bure finished with a tournament-high nine goals to be named the top forward, and though he recorded no assists, placed third in point-scoring with nine points in six games.

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Two years later, Pavel Bure made his second Olympic appearance at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, playing with a fractured hand.

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Pavel Bure finished his final international tournament as a player with two goals and an assist in six games while Russia won the bronze medal.

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In December 2011, Pavel Bure was announced as one of the 2012 inductees into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

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Pavel Bure was named alongside American Phil Housley, Finn Raimo Helminen and Czechoslovak Milan Novy in the annual class.

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Pavel Bure's playing style reflected the speed, skill and puck possession that was prominent in Soviet Union hockey programs.

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Pavel Bure was able to use his quickness to separate himself from defenders, to retrieve pucks before the opposition could in all zones of the ice, and to skate the length of the ice on many occasions.

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Pavel Bure was voted the league's second-best stickhandler that season and garnered recognition as one of the smartest players in the NHL.

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Sports journalists Damien Cox and Stephen Brunt wrote about Pavel Bure during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs that he was a "two-way dynamo, " accounting for "several bodychecks he handed out on the night" and for his defensive abilities as he stayed on the ice in the last minutes of a one-goal playoff match against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Pavel Bure has been described as a pure goal scorer and is statistically among the top players in NHL history in that regard.

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Pavel Bure isn't a scorer as much as he is a permanent late-night television guest; he is to highlight packages what Terri Garr is to Letterman.

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Pavel Bure comes from an athletic family; his father Vladimir, who is of Swiss descent, was an Olympic swimmer who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1968,1972, and 1976 Olympic Games, where he won four medals.

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Pavel Bure retained his father as his personal trainer well into his playing career, before severing ties with him in 1997.

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Pavel Bure family made precious watches for the Russian tsars from 1815 until 1917, and Pavel Bure was named after his great-grandfather, a watchmaker to Tsar Alexander III.

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Pavel Bure derived no immigration benefit from the marriage, which was dissolved the following year.

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Pavel Bure married 23-year-old model Alina Khasanova on October 10,2009, in Moscow, with 300 guests present.

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Pavel Bure is known to have frequently played ice hockey with Russian president Vladimir Putin, but has denied having any political ambitions himself in an interview with a Swedish newspaper in 2019.

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In 2002, Pavel Bure sued the Russian newspaper the eXile for publishing an article stating he broke up with Kournikova because she had two vaginas.

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Two years later, on December 27,2004, the Russian cosmetics chain Arbat Prestige published a story in their free promotional paper that Pavel Bure had bragged about Kournikova losing her virginity to him.

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Pavel Bure demanded the company print a retraction and apology in a future paper.

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On October 31,2006, nearly a year after his retirement, Pavel Bure filed another suit after being kicked off a British Airways flight by the pilot, having been mistaken for a rowdy soccer fan.

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Former teammate Alexander Mogilny was a victim of such an extortion attempt in 1994, while Pavel Bure was reported to have made payments amounting to several thousand dollars to Russian extortionists in 1993.

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Three years later, in 1996, American sports network ESPN aired reports alleging Pavel Bure was a potential associate of the Russian mafia because of his relationship with friend and business partner Anzor Kikalishvili, known to both Russian and American police as a suspected criminal and possible Russian mob boss.

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Speculation resurfaced in 1999, as Pavel Bure was included in an investigation aired by the CBC investigative news program The Fifth Estate that made several supposed associations between Soviet NHL players and the Russian mafia.

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Pavel Bure denied Kikalishvili's involvement in any criminal activity, dismissing the allegations as "rumours".

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