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[VIDEO] Why Pavel Bure Was Truly One of a Kind: Debunking the Myths and Criticisms.


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#1 WeatherWise

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:00 AM

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This is a follow-up to a previous discussion about Pavel Bure.

After releasing the first footage reel featuring Pavel (see "Pavel Bure: The Lost Shifts"), viewers requested to see more of his exhilarating game. There were also naysayers who felt not enough defensive footage was shown. While there are many who fortunately understand what made Pavel Bure such a magnificent player to watch, there still exists the perception that he was a so-called "cherry picker" and "one-dimensional." This second reel will hopefully debunk those misconstrued and undeserved criticisms.

As with the predecessor to this video, the highlights shown do not include any goals scored by Pavel, primarily to emphasize that every time he touched the puck something exciting would happen. He was truly a human highlight reel, and he could dominate games with his abilities. My goal is to give viewers a closer look at Bure's regular shifts and what made him so special -- thus, "the lost shifts." Several viewers requested more of this lesser-seen footage, thus I've expanded with more all-around plays. Every game would be filled with enough exciting plays to create a highlight package, which is why he is considered by some to be the most exciting player ever; he was so shifty and unpredictable with the puck that you never knew if he would suddenly turn on the jets and amaze the audience.

The footage seen in this video is, again, taken from three games, one of which, the game against Chicago, he was injured in during the second period. Thus, we will consider the amount featured 2.5 games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YOCMPsv_5sQ

April 9, 1994 vs the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
May 27, 1995 vs the Chicago Blackhawks (2 periods shown)
October 11, 1997 vs the New York Rangers

Much of Pavel's game has been underrated and forgotten with time. His vision, his ability to anticipate plays, his mean streak, and his defensive posturing have become mysteries, as the only highlights we ever see of him now are his goals. He was indeed one of the greatest goal scorers of all time, and he should definitely be celebrated for it, but his game was so much more complex than goal highlights can reveal. Often, with the Canucks, he would be the catalyst of the team's offense, starting plays, rushing up the ice, and participating in an aggressive forecheck.

His skating and quick hands allowed him to maneuver around the ice unpredictably, forcing opposing players out of position and opening space. His defensive positioning, meanwhile, was also solid, and his work on the team's penalty kill was focused and demonstrated considerable effort. His effort while backchecking, as seen in the video, results in a devastating hit on the opposing Anaheim player.

The term "dynamic" as a descriptor would better suit his game; his skating abilities allowed him to dictate the pace of the game and evade defenders, his stickhandling skills made him lethal anywhere on the ice, and his hockey sense allowed him to exploit any open ice available to him, whether it be to establish open ice for teammates or to create chances for himself. He was gritty, fierce with the puck, and used his anticipation, acceleration, and agility to be effective and elusive -- if an opposing player did not keep track of where he was at all times, they would quickly be left behind.

Most importantly, Pavel Bure's favorite play was, undoubtedly, the end-to-end rush. Whenever he had the opportunity, he would carry the puck from coast to coast with absolute confidence. These types of electrifying plays defined his signature style, made possible only by contributing on the backcheck and being one of the last players to leave the defensive zone.

For such a small, skilled player, Pavel Bure was neither soft nor was he ever afraid to challenge any opposing player. He would drive to the net with incredible determination, could catapult himself into the opposition without hesitation, and would often take much physical abuse as a result. The number of times Pavel was obstructed and impeded is astonishing, many times because the opposing defenders could not contain him. His shiftiness and speed alone drew many penalties.

If there is any doubt Pavel is as tremendous or as exciting as fans like to recall, let these videos be a point of reference. Pavel definitely was a force, and one of the most electrifying players to ever play the sport.

See the first highlight reel: "Pavel Bure: The Lost Shifts"
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:49 AM

Impressive! I was fairly young and didn't follow hockey that closely until the WCE era. It was really nice to see these clips of Bure, usually all I see are the "overplayed" highlight reels. To have all this footage from two and a half games is quite amazing.

It speaks volume when Gretzky would have extended his career to play with Bure ::D, too bad it didn't happen..
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:55 AM

I remember it well, WW. Bure was something special and "that mean streak" very much meant that he could take care of himself out there. He was often targeted out there with 2-3 guys mugging him, but that didn't deter him. He fought, clawed and clambered his way around them and had a relentless determination. He played with an edge as well as skill and speed.

Very well said, thanks for reminding me of his brilliance... :)
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:17 AM

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Bure at his prime in today's game would absolutely demolish the league.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:41 AM

Bure at his prime in today's game would absolutely demolish the league.


Absolutely! He should have been retired before Nassy IMO. The absolute best hockey talent Canuck fans have ever had the pleasure of watching and one of the best in the history of the game too.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:47 AM

Thank you for putting these videos together. Watching them has really brought back a lot of great memories. It has also reminded me that the legend of Pavel in my mind is not a romanticized memory, but that Pavel was that good.

I was in my early teenage years when Pavel was playing in his prime for the Canucks. His playing style is what turned me into a lifelong hockey fan. I will never forget the excitement when he touched the puck. You just knew something exciting was going to happen... My dad has always said the only person who was better in the end to end rush was Bobby Orr.

The only thing in my life as a hockey fan that has come anywhere close were the first few years when Ovechkin was so dominant. He had that ability to be exciting almost every time he touched the puck as well.

Thanks again...
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:05 AM

mogilny had more talent

bure did more with his talent.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:15 AM

Also one of the most 'intense' players i've ever seen. It was a bit weird to see, coming from him, since he looked like a choir boy.

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Yeesh. After that nobody really touched him.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:53 AM

Also one of the most 'intense' players i've ever seen. It was a bit weird to see, coming from him, since he looked like a choir boy.

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"Heads up, Shane."

Yeesh. After that nobody really touched him.


I wonder how long his suspension for that hit would be now?! ...lol
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:37 PM

Great vid! Really do miss watching Pavel a lot. Could have done without seeing Messier in our uniform again -_-
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:44 PM

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I wonder how long his suspension for that hit would be now?! ...lol


Zero games - he's a superstar. See the chart:
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

Absolutely! He should have been retired before Nassy IMO. The absolute best hockey talent Canuck fans have ever had the pleasure of watching and one of the best in the history of the game too.


No way man
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

mogilny had more talent

bure did more with his talent.


Sorry Gurn; Bure was easily the most exciting talent we have ever seen. He had too many physical gifts which also included a power game. In spite of an extra ability to dangle and dish, Mogilny is a close 2knd at best. And I would argue Nazzy as the 2knd best talent. Only in his youngest years, scoring 72 goals off Lafontaine teardrop passes could you make that argument for Al Mo, but not as a Canuck does he unsurp Nazzy. Plus there was the enigma as to why Mogilny appeared to coast through so many games...

No way man


Absolutely agree! Being our best talent, does not make him the best Canuck! Linden was our leader in Bure's best days. And there is the dreadful disappointment of him walking out on us! It will forever remain the reason why Nazzy, and Linden, and Smyl, and Gradin, maybe even Tanti should be considered better Canucks?

I also understand even now, there is talk that the Canucks have tried to honour him and, to date, he has knocked it back. I wonder what created such a grudge for him here?





That of course happened before the days of the rabid internet. Everybody seems to (think they) know why Hodgson wanted out. What was the real scoop behind Bure wanting to leave. Being younger, I only remember talk of disenchantment with management behind the scenes. Maybe something about his lifestyle, or whatever??? What was the consensus inside scoop? :blink:
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:28 PM

I also understand even now, there is talk that the Canucks have tried to honour him and, to date, he has knocked it back. I wonder what created such a grudge for him here?


Bure was mistreated by Canucks management throughout his entire time here. At every point during his tenure in Vancouver, they tried to cheat him out of money and manipulate his contracts, lied about him to the media, and kept him in the dark when he first moved to North America. They spread rumors about him, and turned the city against him. They never cooperated with him on anything, and took advantage of him at every opportunity. While he is appreciated by those who can look past team management's lies, there are those who still feel he left the city and abandoned the team.

He is a polarizing figure in Vancouver because of how he was portrayed by Canucks management. He was living in hell when he was here, always being scammed by the Canucks, which is why he has never rekindled his relationship with the team or the city.

Read this article if you want a firsthand account of what happened, or read the summaries below:

Why I wanted out: Bure finally lists reasons why he demanded trade from Vancouver; [Final C Edition]
Tony Gallagher. The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Jan 20, 1999. pg. A.52.FR (Copyright The Province 1999)
http://forum.canucks...re#entry7098977

The summaries are below, courtesy of HFBoards poster Wetcoaster:

http://hfboards.hock...er#post20627912
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:32 PM

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And there is even more about this in the next post.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:37 PM

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In short, Pavel was terribly mistreated throughout his entire time in Vancouver. Years of being taken advantage of, being robbed, and deceived by the team. He absolutely despised the team for what happened, and rightfully so.

There are so many people who have misunderstood Bure's situation in Vancouver. He joined the team as a jubilant kid and left as a cold, betrayed, exploited individual. Meanwhile, he still made sure to put on a show for the fans, even with the weight of the team bringing him down.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:29 PM

I don't think I would have been able to play for a team that didn't show me any respect for so many years....
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:51 PM

Those were great days. Fun, exciting hockey to watch! Bure was the best talent we've ever had. It was great to see some footage of Slegr in there too.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:25 PM

Wow i never saw Bure, knew he was great but not this great.

From those clips, you realize Bure was the total package. Offensensively gifted with speed and so hard to knock the puck off him, but man he was a big a strong guy that could hit. Also wasn't a lazy defensive player, he is just all over the ice.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

In short, Pavel was terribly mistreated throughout his entire time in Vancouver. Years of being taken advantage of, being robbed, and deceived by the team. He absolutely despised the team for what happened, and rightfully so.

There are so many people who have misunderstood Bure's situation in Vancouver. He joined the team as a jubilant kid and left as a cold, betrayed, exploited individual. Meanwhile, he still made sure to put on a show for the fans, even with the weight of the team bringing him down.


You're being just a little overdramatic. Guy still made millions and got into the HHOF, he didn't have it that rough.

Thanks for the video though, I love watching the guy work his magic, whether it's well-known highlights or 'lost' archival footage. Lightning on ice.
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:41 AM

I watched the video and all I saw was a lazy puck hogging bum diving all over the ice . IMO
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:25 AM

You're being just a little overdramatic. Guy still made millions and got into the HHOF, he didn't have it that rough.

Thanks for the video though, I love watching the guy work his magic, whether it's well-known highlights or 'lost' archival footage. Lightning on ice.


You try and go to work with a smile on your face every day while your boss constantly screws with you, lies about you to your customers and cheats you out of money. Despite that, you still come to work every day and do an exemplary job while your customers bad mouth you due to the lies spread by your boss.

The fact that he was paid fairly (if he hadn't been screwed/in comparison to his coworkers) and twenty years later the "head office" finally gives him some of the respect he deserved all along, has little to do with the pressure and poor treatment he worked under while here.

And people wonder why he's not jumping up and down to come back here :rolleyes:
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:11 PM

I watched the video and all I saw was a lazy puck hogging bum diving all over the ice . IMO


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BAD MOVE!!!

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HAHAHA ANOTHER INJURED MORON ON OUR TEAM

HE WILL JOIN US IN 2019

Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 





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