The Rocket Was In The House
I’m 40 years old. I’ve been a Canucks fan ever since I realized I hated the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens. Let’s just ballpark it around 1976-77. Never in my 40 years was I more excited after watching a hockey game than when I witnessed the Russian Rocket play his first game for my Canucks.
My colleague here at NWSB Kevin Vanstone summed it up perfectly in his Canucks fans remember Pavel Bure a happier time post on November 15, 2012.
“There were harsh ups and downs during Bure’s career with the Canucks, but the talent evident in every highlight pack he stars in is undeniable.
The rest as they say is history.
This week, thanks to current Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, the Rocket – Pavel Bure, has finally made his long awaited return to Van City.
I for one am extremely happy. I met Pavel in Victoria back in the early 90’s and he left one hell of am impression on me and I’ll never forget that encounter. He’s one of my favorite ALL-TIME Canucks without a doubt.
Yesterday in the Province Jason Botchford wrote that Bure met with Aquilini over dinner in Toronto after being honoured with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Step 1. Reconnect
“Bure said Aquilini wanted him in Vancouver this week, during which time he will work with charities, including the Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon at Wednesday’s game.”
Step 2. Honour Bure back in Vancouver!
Versus the Oilers on Thursday I was brought to tears. Rogers Arena erupted into an amazing ovation for Bure, it was LONG overdue. Most of us long-time, hard-core, life-long suffering Canucks fans looked at each other and said FINALLY.
It’s obvious to me now that the final hurdle has been jumped, and my team will hang Bure’s No. 10 from the Rogers Arena rafters.
Botch went onto to write “Stan Smyl, the Canucks legend and current senior advisor, said it’s time for Bure to be honoured by the team.” That’s good enough for me.
Step 3. #RETIRE10 Vancouver!
Pavel deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest Canucks EVER. He’s the most electrifying player we’ve ever seen in Vancouver, and he’s done just as much for our team “ON THE ICE” as Linden, Smyl, and Naslund.
Bure played for 12 seasons in the NHL with the Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. He played his first game for the us on November 5, 1991. He averaged a point per game in the NHL career (779 points with 437 goals 702 games). He’s third all-time in goals per game. In 2012 he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who can forget 1993-94 when he grabbed himself 60 goals, 50 assists for 110 points in 83 games.
The only Canuck in the Hockey Hall of Fame deserves everything this city can do for him. Do the right thing Vancouver.
Hang #10 up high, where it belongs!