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#1 lowest common denominator

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

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Love him or hate him, you had to respect him.
Pavel Bure accomplished great feats during his time in the NHL and he always did it at breakneck speed with deft hands and jaw-dropping creativity.

Other than the countless goaltenders Bure lit up in collecting 478 points (254-224-478) in 428 games played with Vancouver, most have nothing but kind words for the Russian Rocket. Below is a collection of thoughts and experiences about Bure from notable NHL figures.

"One of the toughest guys ever. Pavel Bure, to me, if you look at the best pure goal scorers of the last 50 years, he’s right up there. Impossible to stop really with the speed and his nose for scoring goals. It’s a great honour to be inducted with him." — Mats Sundin, former NHLer and 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

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"I don’t think he was one of (the most exciting players), he was by far the most exciting player in the game for that 10 year stretch that he played. I saw that first game of his and from then on he was just so electrifying that as a hockey fan, you wanted to watch the Canucks because you wanted to watch Pavel Bure and see what he was going to do. He was just a tremendous player." — Joe Sakic, former NHLer and 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

"(Vancouver) had a great team and he was the explosive guy on the team, for every opposition team, every pre-game was always about Pavel Bure and him getting behind the defence. No matter how many times you talked about it, he would still stick it to you. He’s a great talent and he deserves to be in here." — Dino Ciccarelli, former NHLer and 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

"Pavel was the Russian Rocket and before a game you’d be thinking that if we don’t find a way to shut this guy down, we’re going to lose. He’s also one of those rare guys that was very dynamic because of his skating ability that brought the crowd to its feet, almost as an entertainer. Like most good players, you just tried to contain him, you really couldn’t shut him down. He was an elusive guy, he could turn the jets on at anytime, so he was a very tough guy to cover." — Adam Oates, former NHLer and 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

“The most electrifying player we’ve ever had in uniform. We’ve had some great players, but nobody, nobody was as electrifying as him.” — Pat Quinn, former Canucks head coach

“I remember watching Pavel even before he joined the Canucks when he played for the former Soviet Union, and being blown away with his speed and skill. There are very few players in the history of this game that had the ability to do things at the speed Pavel was playing at. That combined with his natural scoring touch and love for scoring made him unique. It was a treat to later have a chance to play with him and watch him closely on a daily basis.” —Markus Naslund, former Canucks teammate

“Pavel Bure had an immediate effect on hockey. Not only did he provide Vancouver with a player capable of winning a game, or turning a game around with one spectacular play...but he had an effect on the entire league. He sold tickets. Fans everywhere came out to see Pavel Bure play. And he didn’t disappoint, home or away, and played some of his greatest hockey under the pressure of playoff hockey.” — Jim Robson, former Canucks broadcaster

“He was a dynamic player. He’s one of those guys that you don’t see very often. Size would never be a factor in his game because he had so much skill and ability that he rose above it. Opponents couldn’t just try and hit him to slow him down because he would go out there and make you look foolish.” — Mike Penny, former member of Canucks management

“He was known as the “Russian Rocket” for a reason. His speed was incredible. But he wasn’t only a fast player, he also had top notch skills to go along with it. That combination is what made him so good.” —Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings forward

“A lot of people know about his dynamic play. He could shoot the puck and shoot it hard. He helped elevate everyone’s game. Pavel at half speed was like full speed for others. I remember a few times in practice where he would be coming down in full flight and, as a goalie, you would just kind of cringe. I was a goaltender that hated to be scored on, even in practice, but he would work on some of his moves and we would have a lot of fun. Pavel was a real joy to be around.” — Kirk McLean, former Canucks teammate

“He set the tone of the game with his speed and to watch him accelerate away from his opponents was amazing. He was electrify- ing to watch every night. You knew when he stepped on the ice something was going to happen. If you gave Pavel an inch you were done. He would finish with a beautiful goal.” — Stan Smyl, former Canucks assistant coach









To me, Pavel Bure is the greatest Canuck to ever lace up the skates in Vancouver. His undeniable skill, tenacity, desire to win and his ability to elevate his play under pressure epitomize what it means to be a true superstar in the NHL. People that never had the pleasure and privilidge to watch Bure play live may not be able to fully understand what he actually meant to the city of Vancouver, the Province of BC, the Canucks and the game of hockey in general. Bure was truly a generational talent and we will most likely never see a player of his calibre in Vancouver ever again.


Bure's recognition, in any form, is long overdue by the Vancouver Canucks. I hope that whatever rifts that may have existed are finally put to rest, water under the bridge so to speak, and that we can celebrate #10 Pavel Bure for what he was and all the great things he did for this team.





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#2 Colts_14

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:34 PM

the most electrifying player in the game

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:34 PM

So happy we're finally embracing him, publicly, as one of our best. Having the great opportunity to meet him, not once but twice, I can tell you that he was not a bad guy...and, on ice, he was electrifying. Wish I was there to celebrate this once in a lifetime event. That era of the Canucks will always remain very near and dear to me and I will be celebrating his greatness as I watch from home.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:47 PM

the best
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:48 PM

the most electrifying player in the game.

Of all time in my books. Orr was smooth, Gretzky's vision was amazing, Howe was tough as nails and Lemieux was an all around package, but Bure brought the most excitement every time he touched the puck.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 12:58 PM

He is the greatest son Mother Russia gave to the NHL.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:44 PM

He is the best son Mother Russia gave to the NHL.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

Spasibo, Comrade.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:23 PM

My favorite player growing up and without a doubt the most talented and electrifying player to ever wear a Canucks jersey. Happy he's finally getting his due and can't wait for next Saturday!
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:42 PM

Shelling out around 600$ to go to this game to see and say goodbye... worth every penny.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

I don't question this one bit ;)
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:22 PM

Funnest player to ever watch.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:31 PM

Spasibo, Comrade.


You're welcome.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:14 AM

Pavel Bure Rules


Yes he does. Yes he does.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:54 AM

Fav player growing up. SO happy we decided to retire his jersey. That games going to be awesome.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:30 AM


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:00 AM

#overrated
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:10 AM

Most electrifying player to ever wear the shirt, hands down. I get a kick out of Ciccarelli's comment in the OP about pre-game being about Bure getting behind the defence, almost implying he was some kind of a goal suck- Pavel used to start the breakout doing a lap of one of the face off circles, was at full speed by the time he had turned up ice and basically went around the other teams D like they were pylons in a skating drill. It was stunning to behold.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

#overrated


Please do tell. One question...did you ever even see him play?

Because to throw out a one word negative comment is either padding your post count or trolling.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

#overrated


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:49 AM

Please do tell. One question...did you ever even see him play?

Because to throw out a one word negative comment is either padding your post count or trolling.


I'm just stating my opinion, I don't hate Pavel as a player or person & while I appreciate what he has done for this franchise I just feel he is an overrated player, why am I getting attacked for having an opinion that differs from the normal?

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:14 AM

I was born in '94 so I vaguely remember seeing him play, though even at that age I watched Colorado religiously more so than the Canucks.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:18 AM

If anything, Pavel Bure is under rated. The Canucks, for a decade, tried to sweep him under the rug and pretend like the Russian Rocket never launched from Vancouver. His impact becomes clearer and clearer with time. He was awesome and VanCity was beyond lucky to be graced with his skill for the time he was here.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:23 AM

I often wonder if we had figured a way to keep Igor Larionov, if Pavel's numbers would have been even better with one of the best centre's in the league?
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:30 AM


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:49 PM

For those of us who lived through Pavel from the beginning playing for us, it's hard to describe. To see him on TV was one thing, to see him play in person was incredible. Some of his highlights still get me excited.

March 1st 1993 Buffalo vs Vancouver in a neutral site game in Hamilton had tickets behind the Buffalo net row 1. Bure picks the puck up at centre ice, circles back into his on end to the circles wheels around head up ice. Moves to the left, back to the right cuts in across the blueline and wires one into the top glove corner of the net. My dads beer ended up on the guy beside him. From our point of view it was a isloated camera shot coming right at us.

This most certainly is not a good bye to Pavel is a welcome home. Let's just hope the CBC doesn't screw us out of seeing this retiring jersey by having to listen to the panel that know everything. If it was a Leaf jersey getting raised the CBC would have a 6 hour pre game show getting ready for it.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:04 PM

For those of us who lived through Pavel from the beginning playing for us, it's hard to describe. To see him on TV was one thing, to see him play in person was incredible. Some of his highlights still get me excited.


This most certainly is not a good bye to Pavel is a welcome home.


Well put.

One of my fav memories was the first game of the 93/94 season vs LA. Bure was tripped up on his first shift maybe 1:30 into the game and awarded a penalty shot. He didn't score but the excitement was incredible. You could just tell something special was going to happen that year.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

I'm just stating my opinion, I don't hate Pavel as a player or person & while I appreciate what he has done for this franchise I just feel he is an overrated player, why am I getting attacked for having an opinion that differs from the normal?

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^Never actually saw him play.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

#overrated


No bro, just no.

If you didn't have the chance to see him play, let me just tell you without exaggerating that he was a mix of Ovechkin, Datsyuk, and Patrick Kane offensively. Never before has the nhl seen someone of Bure's talent and nor is there anyone right now. So you might ask what put him above from the rest? Let me tell you Bure literally would be going at top speed doing moves, dangling the opposition, keep full control of the puck , and scoring. It's unheard of and his speed was just lethal.
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