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Pavel Bure thanks fans: “We play for you”

Nov 12, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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Pavel “The Russian Rocket” Bure is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

His career started in the Soviet Union and knee problems ultimately limited him to 702 NHL games. Even still, he left an impact on the world of hockey.

During his induction speech, Bure looked back on playing the game as a child and thanked his mom for her support.

“I could only feel excitement, not knowing how hard it was for my mom,” Bure said, curtesy of the “It only became more difficult when my little brother Valeri, who later became an NHL star, started to play.”

Bure also had a message for the fans.

“We play for you,” he said. “I’ll never forget the sights and sounds of the packed arena and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support throughout my career.”

That message might ring a little louder in the face of the lockout and also serve as a reminder that when the NHL eventually starts up again, the players will resume their individual goals of being the best they can possibly be.

As for Bure, he can feel good about his past.

“I accomplished my dreams.”


Your casual reminder of just how good Pavel Bure was

  1. tackledummy1505 - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    He also played when sports were sports and not a game greed. Seems like players are only more greedy than ever. Sorry but as a normal person I could probably live my entire life off of that money. I’m sorry but I’m one of those fans, that not only sees that this sport is going down hill, I also see that players are saying one thing and there leaders are saying another. I just don’t get it, both sides are losing a ton of money and for what? It seems like all their arguing over anymore is change and scraps that’s going to be left after the whole season is gone under. This whole thing is dumb and I wish I could see Bure, Sakic, and the rest of them play again. Cause that’s when hockey was hockey and not just a financial debate about scraps left at the dinner table.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Apparently you only remember him playing, and not the 1992 strike or the 1994/95 lockout. Maybe you weren’t old enough to be a fan until his later years.

      Granted, different issues back then, but not so far different to say sports were just sports.

    • kitshky - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      @tackledummy1505 I must be getting old (or maybe I’m just old enough to have grown up watching these guys play) but this comment made me laugh … a lot.

  2. sportsfan69 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Today’s player is more concerned about their money than the game of hockey. It’s no accident that the NHLPA hired the Fehr brothers, their history of negotiations speaks volume. Herr Fehr is determined to make the CBA as difficult as possible to show he’s in charge.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Today’s owner is more concerned about their money than the game of hockey. It’s no accident the NHL hired Bettman, his history of lockouts speaks volumes. Herr Bettman is determined to make the negotiations as difficult as possible to show he’s in charge.

      The knife cuts both ways. Never forget that.

  3. soj83 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    there was always a part of me in the early 90’s that wanted Bure to play with Neely and Lafontaine….that would have been amazing, if only for one game. 3 phenomenal players that had their careers cut short but got into the HHOF like they deserved. and congrats to Oates, Sakic, and Sundin on the HHOF like the deserved

  4. 1clumsybear - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Juniors and college kids play for fun and for the sake of sport, minors may be too. Most of them have a dream to make it to the big league, make some money to buy their proud hockey mom and dad a Cadillac before getting hurt or scratched off for good. The owners were, are and always will be about making money, the more the better.

  5. slickvb82 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Classy dude and one hell of a fun player to watch!

  6. szwhtsup123 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I can remember watching Bure play during his stint here in Florida, back when they used to actually play games. Dude was lightning fast and an incredible puck handler. Sure was fun to watch, and he deserves this great honor.

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