Pavel Bure – Russian Rocket
Pavel Bure is a talented Soviet and Russian hockey player, who has become a true legend of the Russian hockey, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1990). For his speed Bure was nicknamed Russian Rocket.
Pavel was born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow. The boy was born in the family of famous swimmer Vladimir Bure, four time Olympic medalist and 17 time champion of the USSR. Pavel is the grandson of the famous swimming coach Valery Bure, brother of another famous hockey player Valery Bure, and descendant of the founder of the famous watch company Pavel Bure.
Pavel began playing hockey at the age of 6.
In the USSR team Bure won gold at the World Youth Championship in 1989 and silver in 1990 and 1991. In 1990 he won gold at the World Championship and bronze in 1991.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Bure played for Russia at the Olympics in 1998, where he won the silver medal, and in 2002 Pavel won bronze. At Winter Olympics 2006 in Turin Pavel was a general manager of the Russian national team.
In the early 1990s, Pavel, like many of his partners in the USSR national team, went to the NHL, where he was chosen by Vancouver Canucks. In his first season Bure won the prize as the best newcomer and became the highest paid Russian player in the NHL.
In the summer of 2001, Pavel and his brother Valery played together as a team for the first time.
On November 1, 2005 at the age of 34 Bure announced his retirement due to a chronic knee injury. As a result, in the NHL, he had played 702 games, scored 437 goals and 779 points.
Bure was the fifth in NHL history among those who have scored at least 200 goals.
He participated in six All-Star Games and in 2000 received an award as the most valuable player.
On May 20, 2012 Bure was included in the Hall of Fame of the International Ice Hockey Federation, becoming the 31st representative of Russia.
On November 12, 2012 he was included in the NHL Hall of Fame.
Vancouver Canucks immortalized Pavel’s game number – number 10.
Pavel had a lot of girlfriends; among them were Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova (they even were going to get married), model and designer Marika – Maria Kravtsova,Ksenia Sobchakand Russian pop singer Irina Saltykova. He even married American top model Jamie Bon to get a working visa.
On October 10, 2009 38-year-old Pavel married a young model from Naberezhnye Chelny Alina Hasanova. She is 15 years younger. In 2013 Alina gave birth to a son named Pavel.