MOSCOW, November 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russian ice hockey legend Pavel Bure has been inducted into NHL Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements during a remarkable 702-game NHL career.
Bure, known as ‘the Russian Rocket’ for his speed, was enshrined in the Hall of Fame ‘Players’ category during late Monday ceremony in Toronto, along with three other NHL stars – Joe Sakic, Matt Sundin and Adam Oates.
Bure said in his inductee speech that he felt “privileged to have lived this life and to have played this game.”
"I'll never forget the sights and sounds of the packed arena and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support throughout my career," Bure said addressing his fans.
Selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, Bure began his NHL career in 1991–92 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie.
He became one of the most exciting goal-scorers of his time with 437 goals and 342 assists over 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.
Bure joins fellow Russians Vyacheslav Fetisov, Vladislav Tretyak, Igor Larionov and Valery Kharlamov in the Hall.
The retired 41-year-old right winger has also been recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.