Pavel Bure scored 437 goals for the Canucks, Panthers, and Rangers during his 12 NHL seasons, twice hitting the 60 goal mark by using his trademark speed that earned him the moniker “The Russian Rocket.”
On Saturday, the Rocket flew a little higher when his No. 10 was raised to the rafters in Vancouver, the city where he built his legend by winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1991-92 after scoring 34 goals and 60 points in just 65 games. He followed that up with back-to-back 60-goal, 100-point seasons, leading the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Rangers in an epic seven-game showdown. Sadly, it was Bure’s one and only trip beyond the conference finals.