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Canucks owner: We plan on retiring Bure’s number

Apr 6, 2013, 11:56 AM EST

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There’s no question that Pavel Bure was a tremendous hockey player, but was his 428-game tenure with the Vancouver Canucks long enough to warrant the team retiring his number?

Bure’s time with the Canucks ended on a sour note with him demanding a trade, but Vancouver fans put that behind them as they gave the retired superstar a standing ovation Thursday night.

That should serve to fuel owner Francesco Aquilini desire to retire his number.

“This is something we’re going to work on and definitely it’s in the plans,” Aquilini said, according to a Vancouver Province report. “We think that Pavel is going to be a great addition to all the members who are retired up there.

“He’s such a great guy and he’s such an exciting player. You could see the fans. The standing ovation went on for at least five minutes.”

Aquilini also defended the way Bure ended his playing career with Vancouver.

“He never had problems with the fans,” Aquilini said. “He had problems with management, but never the fans.”

Bure had back-to-back 60-goal seasons with the Canucks and ended up with a stunning 437 goals in 702 career NHL games.

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  1. ibieiniid - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    deserved. not many other past canucks that might deserve it more

  2. garrison1981 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    10 or 96!?! He did most his work in 10!

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Well deserved Russian Rocket! One of my top 5 all time players.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Well deserved honor for certain. And you can rank him how you like, but I doubt many longtime hockey watchers would rate him ahead of Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Maurice Richard, Martin Brodeur, Terry Sawchuk, Mark Messier, Marcel Dionne, Jean Beliveau, and Mike Bossy. So while I loved watching him play, I do not think he’d be in a consensus top 5. FWIW, hockey-reference.com has him 34th.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    My favorite player of all time. He didn’t have the longest career but he sure had one of the most exciting. I don’t know if anyone else ever made people get out of their seats every time he touched the puck the way he did.
    He puts the “Pavel” in pavelfitzgerald

  5. emperorzero - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    There will be htose who disagree, but not nly do I think he’s the greatest Canuck of all-time, but I think he is the player that made the Canucks relevant outside of Vancouver. Sorry, Canuck fans, but I believe most people wouldn’t tune in to a Canuck game until the Russian Rocket got there.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I agree with you. To be fair to the Canucks they had a special thing going there with Linden, Ronning, Gelinas bros., Lumme, Slegr, Mogilny, etc. Bure made that team go & was electrifying in the process

    • bingram20 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Yes those are the years when the Canucks were a real hockey team not the Swedish ballet team they have turned themselves into. Bure is one of my all time favorites.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    This guy was a joy to watch. One of the best snipers of his era. He may not have played that long in Vancouver but I’d say it’s deserved. Any time the puck touched his stick you thought he could put it in the net.

  8. canucks30 - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

  9. ras1tafari - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Two things:

    1. Bure was f—-g ridiculously fast in the old sega NHL games. Couldn’t take a hit though.

    2. What the heck is that thing on the old canuck jersey? A sliding igloo?

  10. northstarnic - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    That’s a joke right? (It’s one of those things hockey players wear on their feet, called a skate.)

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