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Pavel Bure - Famous Ice-Hockey Player


Full Name: Pavel Vladimirovich Bure

Date of Birth: 31 st March, 1971

Country: Russia

Sport involved in: Ice Hockey

Achievements made:

  • Silver medal winner in the 1998 Nagano Winter Summer Games
  • Bronze medal winner in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Summer Games
  • Awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1992
  • Maurice ‘Rocket' Richard Trophy in 2000 and 2001
  • Played in six NHL All-Star Games in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001
  • General Manager for the Russian ice hockey team during the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Career: Pavel Vladimirovich Bure is former professional ice hockey player. He played in the position of a right winger. Bure played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Soviet Union as well as Russia. At the age of 16, Bure began his hockey career playing for the Soviet Red Army team. Pavel Bure came to international attention for the first time when he was chosen the top forward at the Ice Hockey World Junior Championships in 1989. He was also known as The Russian Rocket. For his speed, Bure was picked the 113 th overall in the 6 th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks out of Central Red Army. Bure started playing for Canucks in the 1991-'92 NHL season. Bure was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1992. In 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Bure was a member of the silver medal winning Russian team. In 1999, he joined the Florida Panthers. Bure was acquired by the New York Rangers in 2002. He played in six NHL All-Star Games in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. Bure appeared at the Olympics for the second time in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. This time the Russian team won bronze medal in the competition. Bure did not play in the 2003-'04 NHL season due to a knee injury. In 2005, on 1 st November Bure declared his retirement form professional hockey. It was also announced that Bure will be appointed the general manager of the Russian ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Summer Games.

    Performance at the Olympics: Pavel Bure appeared in the Winter Olympics for the first time in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. He was a member of the Russian ice hockey team. Bure scored 9 goals in the tournament, which made him the leading scorer in the Games. Bure scored 5 goals in Russia's semifinal match against Finland. His performance led the team to win over Finland with a 7-4 result. Russia lost to Czech Republic 1-0 in the final match of the tournament. Before the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Summer Games, Bure had a fracture in his hand. However, he insisted on participating in the Games. Bure appeared in all the matches played by Russia and led the team to a bronze medal finish.

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