Pavel Bure announced his retirement from hockey today. Bure has not played since March 2003 so it shouldn’t have seemed like a big surprise. There is a bit of an empty feeling though now that it is official. Bure was one of the league’s best goal scorers in the 90s and one of the most electrifying to watch. He made Vancouver an interesting team to watch long before the Marcus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi era.
He was just shy of the 500 goal plateau with 437 goals and 342 assists for 779 points in 702 NHL games. If he was able to stay healthy he’d have no problem reaching it.
I remember getting his rookie card and watching him dominate the World Junior Championships and seeing how skilled he was and thinking this guy would be huge in the NHL.
Bure’s new focus is to manage the Russian Olympic team which has been known to be full of problems.
Pavel Bure should be a strong candidate for the NHL Hall of Fame.