The Vancouver Canucks will raise Pavel Bure's No.10 jersey to the rafters in a special ceremony Saturday, finally retiring the number of the franchise's first true superstar. But Bure's true legacy in Vancouver could be found on the bedroom wall of Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison some 20 years ago. "Yeah, I actually had a Pavel Bure poster," Garrison, now 28, told NHL.com with a smile. "It was him in the warmups, taking a slap shot, with the big bend in the stick. I think every kid growing up wanted to be him in a ball hockey game. He is 'The Russian Rocket.' That's his legacy." It's a legacy tainted in some eyes by the way Bure left the city where he started his NHL career after seven years, holding out to force a trade to the Florida Panthers well into the 1998-99 season. That may help explain why Bure's number is going into the Rogers Arena rafters after the No. 19 of Markus Naslund and No. 16 of Trevor Linden, despite the fact both finished their careers years after Bure's final NHL season with the New York Rangers in 2002-03. More than a decade later, Bure joins them, bringing with him a Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1992 and consecutive 60-goal seasons in 1992-92 and 1992-94. In 2012, Bure also became the only Canucks player elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Like everyone here in Vancouver there were moments when you just marveled at how exciting he was and what an incredible player he was," said Mike Gillis, who was Bure's agent before becoming Canucks president and general manager long after Bure retired. Bure finished his career with 437 goals and 779 points in 702 games. He scored 254 of those goals with the Canucks, but in Vancouver he will be remember as much for the way he scored as for how many. Blessed with unmatched speed and the ability to shoot in stride, Bure brought fans out of their seats every time he touched the puck.
Canucks to retire Pavel Bure's No. 10
NHL.com | Nov 2