There was an almighty battle on the part of aggrieved NHL teams after they thought the Vancouver Canucks had broke the rules by drafting Pavel Bure in the 1989 lottery. The Canucks, with the help of veteran Igor Larionov, managed to get the paperwork to prove Bure qualified to be theirs, and the rest was history for a buffed-up Bure and the Canucks.
Photograph by: Ralph Bower, Vancouver Sun files
Pavel Bure, “the Russian Rocket,” lit up this city for seven full seasons as a member of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990s, is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But his iconic No. 10 has yet to be retired by the Canucks, as he left town amid much acrimony during the 1998-99 NHL season. Do you think bygones should be bygones, and Bure’s number retired? Cast your vote below.
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