Vancouver Canucks have made the decision to retire the No. 10 shirt of Pavel Bure aka 'The Russian Rocket'.

Bure was a pivotal player for the Canucks and was a member of the team in his first seven NHL seasons from 1991 until 1999. 

Bure was trained under the Soviet Union with the CSKA Moscow hockey programme, his unique playing style made the Russian acquire many plaudits.

Bure was known for his exceptional speed and ability to maintain possession of the puck, these were skills that were reinforced when he was training with the Soviets. 

The Russian's acceleration set him apart from other players, and he was able to evade and get past opposition defenders with ease.

Vancouver Canucks conditioning coach said to reporters: "Most players skate on their inside edge and push off at a 45-degree angle, but Bure starts on his outer edge and rolls over to his inside edge and pushes back straighter on his stride ... he gets more power and force in his stride to get up to top speed quicker."

Bure will become the fourth player in NHL history to have his shirt retired, joining Stan Smyl, Markus Naslund and Trevor Linden. 

Bure said to reporters: "It's a huge honour. I'm just really proud and happy.

"It just brings lots of good memories to be next to those great guys."

In his time at Vancouver Canucks, Bure recorded 254 goals and 224 assists for 478 points in 428 games played. The 42-year-old still attains the franchise record for most points by a rookie with 60 in 65 games played in 1991-92.


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