The Vancouver Canucks have announced they will retire Pavel Bure's number 10 jersey, and will raise it to the rafters of Rogers Arena.
The man affectionately known as the 'Russian Rocket' played for the Canucks for seven seasons in the 1990s, and he also went on to play for the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers before retiring in 2003.
Among the right winger's achievements were winning a gold medal for the Soviet Union at the 1990 World Championships in Switzerland and a silver medal for Russia at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
The 42-year-old was back in Vancouver on Tuesday at the annual Summer Summit event for season ticket holders, as he held a question and answer session with fans, when the announcement of the retiring of his jersey was made.
He told reporters: "It's a huge honor, and as a player the biggest achievement you can get as a personal achievement."
His time with the Canucks was memorable for his 254 goals and 478 points in 428 games between 1991 and 1999, and he has become only the fourth Canucks player in history to have his jersey retired.
Bure won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie in 1992, and helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994.
A crowning moment for his career was his induction to the Hall of Fame in 2012, nine years after his retirement.
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