Not entirely accurate.....
Shortly after arriving in North America from Moscow with his father and brother on September 6, 1991 (his mother Tatiana arrived two months later), Bure married an American fashion model in a civil ceremony five days later. The model was later revealed to be Jayme Bohn. The marriage was allegedly set up by Bure's agents as a preventative measure against deportation in the event Bure and the Canucks could not come to terms with a contract.
The Canucks management and officials from the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation met in late-October 1991 in a Detroit court, where they bartered for a cash settlement. After the Canucks offered $200,000, Bure stood up in the courtroom to offer an additional $50,000, bringing the total to $250,000. The Soviet officials accepted, and Canucks management paid the full $250,000. Bure signed a four-year contract worth a reported $2.7 million with an $800,000 signing bonus soon thereafter. The deal made Bure the Canucks' second highest paid player behind team captain Trevor Linden, who had just recently signed a four-year, $3.7 million contract.
He didn't get married to get into the US, he got married to stay in the US in case he couldn't come to contract terms withs the Canucks.
At the time it was reported Bure "offered" to pay the $50k difference out of his $800k signing bonus because he wanted the contract and get playing.
I'm not so sure Bure "wanted nothing more than to play in Vancouver". It was well known he hated the attention he got every time he went out here. In a recent interview Gino even mentioned that Bure loved the fact that he could go out in Florida and not be recognized.
So you are getting your information from wikipaedia?
Actually, Bure's Wikipedia page is completely and properly cited from reputable sources. I know because I wrote it lol (figured I should make it a point to defend something that took me quite a bit of time). The specific information in question was reported in Bure's biography, The Riddle of the Russian Rocket, from 1999. Mind you, even biographies from reputable publishers aren't always completely accurate, so take it with a grain of salt.
Edited by bure's triple deke, 20 November 2012 - 05:52 PM.