Welcome back to #TICH. We hope you enjoyed our little write-up about Stan Smyl. That week in November of 1991, was a busy week for the Canucks. To not take any “Steam” away from Smyl’s number retirement night, Bure’s debut for the Canucks was delayed until the next game. Then owner, Arthur Griffiths, and GM, Pat Quinn, wanted to make sure Stan got the attention he deserved and Bure debuted in a Canucks uniform two nights later versus the Winnipeg Jets.
When Pavel Bure finally hit the ice on November 5, 1991, he did not disappoint. He was electrifying. Instead of us trying to describe it to you with words, let’s look back at this video instead.
A week later, he scored his first goal, at the Pacific Coliseum, on the LA Kings’ netminder, Daniel Berthiaume. A standing ovation came right after, and so well deserved.
During his rookie year, his presence on the ice alone became a ‘must see’ in any city he visited and an even bigger draw at home. He was a marquee player in, what was at the time, small market Vancouver. He won the Calder Trophy for the NHL Rookie of the year. He played 65 games, scored 34 goals and 26 assists for a total of 60 points. He scored 22 goals in the last 23 games of the season. Words cannot describe fully the skill of Pavel Bure. As Canucks fans, I believe we saw the best he offered in the NHL. Simply amazing, the Russian Rocket, was no less than electrifying.
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