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Report: Plan to retire Bure’s jersey “almost certainly” doesn’t exist

Nov 8, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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Big development out of Vancouver today in the wake of news the Canucks planned to raise Pavel Bure’s No. 10 to the Rogers Arena rafters.

According to Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun, such a plan does not exist.

Here’s more, from The Sun:

The sensational story today about Vancouver Canuck owner Francesco Aquilini flying across the continent to offer Pavel Bure a jersey retirement ceremony was not only news to fans, but news to the National Hockey League team.

Aquilini has not commented on the report, which quotes only ex-Canuck Gino Odjick, so no one from the organization is speaking on the record about it. But it’s clear people in the Canucks have no knowledge of this plan because, almost certainly, it does not exist.

MacIntyre also notes Bure met with Canucks brass two years ago about being honored by the club  and “made it clear” he had no interest in returning to Vancouver for a ceremony.

Of note, current Canucks GM Mike Gillis was Bure’s agent at the time he orchestrated a trade from Vancouver in 1998.


Report: Canucks to retire Pavel Bure’s No. 10

How long would Bure have been suspended for elbowing Churla if it happened in the 2012 playoffs?

  1. lsxphotog - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Haha, they’ll have to settle with the Conference and President’s Trophy banners then.

  2. bcsteele - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Got to be honest, I figured something was a little off there.

    On another note…I’m more interested in how the talks are going today…

  3. thomaspratt - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    A Botchford/MacIntyre slap fight would be a welcome diversion from the ongoing CBA talks

  4. sergeikremlin - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    The whole thing is a bit of a joke. Bure’s in the HHOF and IIHF Hall of Fame. He’s one of the greats and likely saved the entire organization. Whether they retire the number in the future or not, the Canucks already look silly.

  5. badintent - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Canucks too stupid, too cheap , too many owners in the last 6 years , fighting in court against each other. Remember this is the city that had the worst hockey riot in the last 30 years.Vancouver, the city with the world class views but second rate people.!

    I’m the ex-alcoholic mayor Sam Sullivan and I approved this message.Burb

    • kitshky - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      I usually try and keep things civil here (and Gad knows I hate Sullivan) but allow me this one indiscretion on this one comment …. Go F**k Yourself.

  6. spicyjimbolaya - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    The reporter looks silly, not the organization. The only source was Gino Odjick? Seriously? Is that what passes for a quality reporting job these days in the media?

    • kitshky - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      In all fairness to Botchford … according to Odjick, Bure was in the room when he did the phone interview, and it’s been confirmed that Aquilini is having dinner with Bure in Florida this Saturday night.

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