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From Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir:
Old-timers’ games are ingrained into the fabric of hockey. Whether it’s rounding up familiar faces for charity games against local police teams or getting the band back together to face old rivals as a warm-up to a major outdoor event, veterans love to get together for a twirl almost as much as fans love the chance to see their old favorites.
At least, that’s how it always seems to work for these one-off exhibitions. But now, one of hockey’s all-time greats is gambling that there’s a demand for something more consistent, and on a much larger scale.
Hall of Famer Pavel Bure is spearheading the premier season of the World Legends Hockey League. The six-team circuit boasts franchises from Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany. To participate, players must be at least 45 years old and have appeared in IIHF-sanctioned games representing their country.
The league will kick off in November with a game between Finland and Sweden at Kisapuisto Arena in Lappeenranta, Finland. Playoffs are set for January at the VTB Ice Palace Arena in Moscow.
There are no Canadian or American teams this season, but it’s expected that several players from both nations will be invited to take part in an All-Star kick-off event that will feature Russia against the best of the rest of the world in October.
Tonight the Vancouver Canucks will retire Pavel Bure's sweater.
Here is Jim Hughson of CBC reflecting on Bure's career.
Below is a YouTube user submitted video of Bure's highlights...
You have to go outside hockey, in fact, to find a similar figure.
Sandy Koufax had four seasons when he might have been the greatest pitcher who ever lived. Then he was gone.
Gale Sayers had three seasons when he was the most exciting running back in NFL history. Then he was gone.
Like Bure, their talent was transcendent. Like Bure, there is something sad and incomplete about their careers.
The difference, of course, is the controversy that surrounded Bure at the end of his Canucks’ years, and there remains something troubling about the way the final act played out here. You can also ask how hard the Canucks would have tried to repatriate Bure if he hadn’t been a former client of GM Mike Gillis and a new friend of owner Francesco Aquilini.
-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province on Pavel Bure, where you can read more about Bure's days in Vancouver.
The induction ceremonies can be watched tonight beginning at 7:30pm ET on NHL Net US and TSN in Canada.
from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s too bad NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman weren’t at the fan forum leading up to Monday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, especially given the pessimism that currently surrounds the labor talks. It’s too bad the two leaders couldn’t have seen firsthand the kind of special bond that exists between fans and players -- in this case, Hall of Fame inductees Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin -- the kind of relationship the lockout puts at risk.
Several fans told Bure that he was the reason they became hockey followers. Another fan spoke with reverence at a memory of Sakic stopping during a Stanley Cup celebration to get his young son a drink of water.
Many of the 250 or so fans crammed into the Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto were sporting jerseys with the inductees’ names on the back.
Funny that during an hourlong question-and-answer session Sunday, an annual event since 1999, when Wayne Gretzky was inducted, not one question was asked about the lockout. It was certainly a measure of the respect that the fans have for the four inductees and maybe, just maybe, a reflection of the anger and apathy that threatens the game during the second lockout in the past eight years.
Sportsnet goes one-on-one with the Russian Rocket, touching on subjects such as the 1994 SCF.
“To get the fans back they have to play well and to me, I like to go and see some superstars. I’m not a big fan of golf but when I know Tiger Woods is playing I’m going to watch him. I like Dwayne Wade because it’s attractive to have a superstar because a superstar gives you something other people can’t.’‘
“I love the breakaways, penalty shots, the shootouts. That’s what they did in the World Cup and we should do in the playoffs, too, instead of playing until 3 a.m. Even if it’s 0-0, people get excited for the shootout.’‘
-Pavel Bure on the Panthers and the shootout. More from Harvey Fialkov at the Sun-Sentinel.
from the CP via NHL.com,
The Olympic men’s hockey tournament in Vancouver is going to be a different experience for Pavel Bure.
It will be the first time since NHLers started participating in the Games that the Russian Rocket won’t be involved with the national team. Bure played for Russia in 1998 and 2002 and served as the team’s general manager in 2006.
With Vladislav Tretiak now in charge of the Russian squad, Bure’s role in 2010 will be that of a spectator. And just like most hockey fans, he’s already looking forward to the event.
“I think it’s the best tournament,” Bure told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “All of the best superstars can go and participate, that’s why it’s really hard to win this tournament. All the teams are pretty even. You need a little bit (of) luck in this tournament and all the games are really important because you lose one game and you’re out.
“It’s really interesting for fans and it’s a great promotion for hockey in general around the globe.”
Over at the AVSForums, a thread headline reads... “Russian Rocket Fails To Put Dish Network Satellite In Proper Orbit.”
Only a hockey fan would reply… “When I saw this thread I thought of Pavel Bure.”