Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pavel Bure Gets Inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame

From 1991-2003 Pavel Bure attracted many fans to come to the arena to watch him play in the NHL. He was the type of player that had the ability to score at any point of his shift and could make something out of nothing.

Out of his thirteen years, he played nine of those years with the Vancouver Canucks. While playing for the Canucks he scored 254 and added 224 helpers. He played in all but four of his playoff games with the Canucks and took the Canucks to within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1994.

For Bure, the spring of 1994 was a time he and most Canucks fans will not forget. The Vancouver Canucks entered the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs as severe underdogs. They were up against the heavily favored Calgary Flames who were poised to win their second Stanley Cup in six years.

After falling behind 3-1 in the series, Geoff Courtnall and Trevor Linden scored overtime winners in Games five and six. This set up an enormous Game seven back in Calgary. After five periods, the teams were still tied at three thanks to Kirk Mclean's amazing save to keep the Canucks season alive. In the third overtime, Pavel Bure was sprung free on a break away and beat Mike Vernon  to give the Canucks the series upset.

That moment is what most Canucks fans remember about Bure. He had an outstanding run in the playoffs in 1994 leading his team with 16 goals. 

After the 1995 lockout shortened season, he started battling injuries in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.  He only played in 78 total games in two years. In 1998, Bure bounced back to have a 51 goal season. Unfortunately, Bure was traded the next year to Florida on January 17th 1999. The most exciting Canuck to ever wear the black and yellow had played his final game with the team who he had got drafted by.

In the next four seasons as a Panther and a New York Ranger, Bure had two more successful seasons.  He led the Panthers in scoring in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He finished up his career as a New York Ranger. At this time, his point total had dropped off significantly as he only tallied 30 points in his final year.

On top of his achievements as a Canuck, he also played numerous times with the USSR and eventually Russia after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Bure collected eight medals including two at the Olympics. (Silver in Nagano and Bronze in Salt Lake). In 43 international games, Bure racked up 39 points.

Despite not winning a Stanley Cup ring, Bure had a very exciting a brilliant career. He surely deserves getting inducted into the Hall Of Fame. For his career he was over a point per game in the regular and the playoffs. He also was close to his 500th goal milestone at the end of his career. He will also receive the honor of being the first Vancouver Canucks player inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto. 

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