Known as the Russian Rocket,
was born March 31,1971 and is a retired Russian professional ice hockey player. Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Trained in the Soviet Union, where he was known as "Pasha", he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.
Selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, he began his NHL career in 1991-€“92 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie, then helped the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994.
Bure has been described as a pure goal scorer and is statistically among the top players in NHL history in that regard. In addition to having reached the 50-goal mark in his career five times and the 60-goal mark twice, his .623 goals per game average is third among the top 100 goal scorers in NHL history, behind Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux.
After seven seasons with the Canucks, Bure was dealt to the Panthers, where he won back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophies as the league'sleading goal-scorer (he also led the league in goal scoring with Vancouver in 1993-94, before the trophy's inauguration). He averaged better than a point per game in his NHL career (779 points with 437 goals in 702 NHL games).
Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union, he won two silver medals and a gold inthree World Junior Championships, followed by a gold and a silver medal in the1990 and 1991 World Championships, respectively. After the Soviet Union was dissolvedin 1991, Bure competed for Russia in two Winter Olympics, winning silver at the1998 Games in Nagano and bronze at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Following Bure's retirement in 2005, he was named the general manager for Russia’s national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Bure was later recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.