Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Coach’s Corner commentator Don Cherry praised Pavel Bure’s fluid, exciting playing style but noted that it ultimately caused his demise.
During his segment on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday, Cherry said the Bure had to retire at age 32 in 2003 because “he took chances.”
Describing Bure’s immense speed and unmatched creativity as “dynamite”, Cherry showed a video of the Russian skating past defenders before eventually crashing to the ice.
“He gets nailed going through,” Cherry quipped.
Bure, nicknamed the Russian Rocket, had his No. 10 was raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena prior to the Canucks playing the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.
The Canucks also announced they will name the team’s most exciting player award after Bure. The Canucks and B.C. Hockey have also established a Pavel Bure Award for minor hockey players who best exemplify the values of “integrity, passion, teamwork and courage.”
Bure won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year in 1992 after scoring 34 goals in just 65 games.
He had five 50-goal seasons and registered consecutive 60-goal seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94.
The Russian also helped lead Vancouver to the brink of the Stanley Cup in 1994 after posting 60 goals and 107 points in the regular season, to go along with 16 goals and 31 points in 24 postseason games.
In 2012, Bure became the only Canuck player to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bure is credited for paving the way for other Russians like Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to become superstars in the NHL.
Bure’s legacy in Vancouver was tarnished when he refused to play for the Canucks in the 1998-99 season, forcing a trade to Florida.