Canucks to retire Bure’s jersey on Nov. 2

While with the organization, Bure tallied 478 points (254-224-478) in 428 games played (CP/Dave Buston)
September 6, 2013, 10:31 AM

The Vancouver Canucks will retire Pavel Bure’s number on Nov. 2, the club announced Friday.

Bure’s No. 10 jersey will go up to the rafters at Rogers Arena when the Canucks host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The “Russian Rocket” becomes the fourth retired number in franchise history, joining Stan Smyl (No. 12), Trevor Linden (No. 16) and Markus Naslund (No. 19).

Bure played for Vancouver from 1991-98 after being drafted in the sixth round, 113th overall in the 1989 draft out of the Central Red Army club in the Soviet league. One of the most offensively dynamic players in the history of the game, the Moscow native racked up 254 goals and 478 points in 428 games and holds the club record in points by a rookie (60) and career shorthanded goals (24). He also shares the franchise lead in playoff goals with Linden with 34 in 60 post-season contests.

He would go on to play in five more National Hockey League seasons, first with the Florida Panthers and then finished his career with the New York Rangers.

Bure captained his country at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics and 2000 IIHF World Championship, while he also participated in the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics, the 1990 and 1991 World Championship and the 1989 and 1990 World Junior Championship. He amassed 11 goals in 12 Olympic matches and scored 22 points in 26 world championship games.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

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