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Pavel Bure


Pavel Bure Russian RocketPavel Bure, also known as the Russian Rocket, was one of the most electrifying hockey players of all time. Thanks to his break-away speed, soft hands and a tremendous shot, the Moscow born native was a prolific goal scorer. In just 13 NHL seasons, many shortened due to injury, Bure hit the 50 goal mark five times (the 60 goal mark twice), averaging a staggering .623 goals per game average (3rd best in NHL history).

During his 16 year professional career Pavel Bure spent 3 with the Central Red Army, 7 with the Vancouver Canucks, 4 with the Florida Panthers and his last 2 years with the New York Rangers. Unfortunately for the Russian Rocket, and hockey fans everywhere, Bure's career was cut short by chronic knee injuries.

How did Bure get his nickname the Russian Rocket?

  • Russian Hockey Hero Pavel BureOn November 5, 1991 Pavel Bure played in his first NHL game, a home game in Vancouver against the visiting Winnipeg Jets. The young Russian phenom showcased his amazing speed and acceleration, dazzling spectators with several brilliant end-to-end rushes. Post-game, Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre compared Bure to a rocket, calling him "the fastest Soviet creation since Sputnik". From that point on the name stuck. Pavel Bure was, and forever will be, the "Russian Rocket".

Pavel Bure Facts

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)

Date of Birth: March 31, 1971

Place of Birth: Moscow, USSR

NHL Entry Draft: 113th overall, 1989

  • A confusion (and ensuing controversy) allowed the Canucks to sneak in and steal the Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1991-92 season)

Professional Hockey Teams

  • CSKA Moscow (1987-91)
  • Vancouver Canucks (1991-98)
  • Florida Panthers (1999-2002)
  • New York Rangers (2002-03)

Pavel Bure Awards & Records

Soviet Hockey

  • Soviet League Championship with CSKA Moscow
    • 1988 and 1989
  • IIHF European Champions Cup with CSKA Moscow
    • 1988, 1989, and 1990
  • 1989 Rookie of the Year in the Soviet League


National Hockey League (NHL)

  • 1992 Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for most goals
    • 2000 and 2001 (also let the league in goals in 1994 prior to the trophy's creation)
  • Most goals scored in proportion to his team
    • tallied 29.5% of the Florida Panthers' goals in the 2000-01 season
  • Unofficial record for most goals in a single season by a brother combination
    • Pavel Bure's 54 goals in the 1999-2000 season, combined with Valeri Bure's 35 goals, put them over the mark formerly set by brothers Bobby and Dennis Hull.


International Hockey

  • 1989 World Juniors: Soviet Team Gold Medal
  • 1989 World Juniors: Best Forward
  • 1990 World Championship: Soviet Team Gold Medal
  • 1998 Winter Olympics: Best Forward



The Greatest Vancouver Canuck


Pavel Bure - Top 10 Goals


Pavel Bure Video Tribute (Vancouver Canuck)


Pavel Bure Statistics