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Pavel Bure

Born:March 31, 1971Draft:1989 Canucks #113 Overall
Hometown:Moskva, RussiaPosition:Right Wing
Known for:“Russian Rocket”Shoots:Left
National Team:Russia

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ bʊˈrɛ]; born March 31, 1971) is a Russian former professional ice hockey player who played the right wing position. Nicknamed “The Russian Rocket” for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, the Florida Panthers, and the New York Rangers. Trained in the Soviet Union, he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.

Selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, he began his NHL career in the 1991–92 season, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s best rookie before leading the NHL in goal-scoring in 1993-94 and helping the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. After seven seasons the Canucks dealt Bure to the Panthers, where he won back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophies as the league’s leading goal-scorer. Bure struggled with knee injuries throughout his career, resulting in his retirement in 2005 as a member of the Rangers, although he had not played since 2003. He averaged better than a point per game in his NHL career (779 points with 437 goals in 702 NHL games) and is fourth all-time in goals per game. After six years of eligibility, Bure was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in June 2012. In 2017, an NHL panel named Bure one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union, he won two silver medals and a gold in three World Junior Championships, followed by a gold and a silver medal in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, respectively. After the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Bure competed for Russia in two Winter Olympics, claiming silver at the 1998 Games in Nagano as team captain, and bronze at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Following Bure’s retirement in 2005, he was named the general manager for Russia’s national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Bure was later recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

Pavel Bure Vancouver Canucks
Pavel Bure, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pavel Bure Stats

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
January 17, 1999Third-Round Pick
(Robert Fried)
Brad Ference
Bret Hedican
First-Round Pick
(Nathan Smith)
Mike Brown
Dave Gagner
Ed Jovanovski
Kevin Weekes
March 18, 2002Second-Round Pick
(Lee Falardeau)
First-Round Pick
(Eric Nystrom)
Second-Round Pick
(Rob Globke)
Fourth-Round Pick
(Guillaume Desbiens)
Filip Novak
Igor Ulanov

Deep Dive


  • Rocket Richard Trophy (2000, 2001)
  • Calder Trophy (1992)
  • 3x All-Star Game (1994, 2000, 2001)
  • Bure’s jersey (#10) was retired by the Canucks in 2013
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2012)