Valeri Bure

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Valeri Bure
Born (1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 39)
Moscow, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1992
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1990–2004

Valeri Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Буре, Valerij Bure; born June 13, 1974) is a retired professional ice hockey right winger from Russia. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the younger brother of NHL Hall of Famer Pavel Bure.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Bure played one season of junior hockey for HC CSKA Moscow before coming to Canada to play junior hockey in 1991. After his first season with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, second round, thirty-third overall. He played two further seasons before becoming a professional with the Fredericton Canadiens in 1994–95. That same season, he was called up to the Canadiens and played 24 games.

He played two full seasons for the Canadiens before being traded to the Calgary Flames in February 1998. He played three full seasons with the Flames, where he recorded his best season in 1999–2000, when he scored 35 goals and 75 points.[2] In the 2001 off-season, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where his brother Pavel was playing. His time at Florida was interrupted by injuries, playing only 31 and 46 games before he was traded to the St. Louis Blues as a deadline day pickup.[3] He played five games in the regular season and six in the playoffs, without recording a goal. He returned to the Panthers as a free agent, and had a better season in 2003-04, scoring 20 goals in 55 games before being traded to the Dallas Stars, again at the trade deadline.

Bure underwent back surgery following the 2003–04 NHL season, and never played a game for the Los Angeles Kings after signing with them on August 12, 2005. On the Drew Marshall radio show he announced that he would not be returning to hockey and wanted to spend as much time as possible with his children.

Personal Life[edit]

Bure married actress Candace Cameron on June 22, 1996. The couple were first introduced by Cameron's former Full House co-star, actor Dave Coulier, at a hockey game. They have three children,[4][5] only daughter Natasha Valerievna Bure (b. August 15, 1998), first son Lev Valerievich Bure (b. February 20, 2000) and second son Maksim Valerievich Bure (b. January 20, 2002).

Like his wife, Bure is a devout Christian.[5]

Following his retirement, Bure's wife, Candace, announced on her website that the couple would be opening a restaurant, "The Milk and Honey Café", in Pembroke Pines, Florida in April 2007; the restaurant later closed. Bure ventured into the wine making business, where he has partnered with a few entrepreneurs and created Bure Family Wines.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Bure began figure skating with Ekaterina Gordeeva as a contestant on the second season of the Canadian reality show Battle of the Blades.[6] The pair won the competition on November 22, 2010.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 CSKA Moscow Soviet 3 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Spokane Chiefs WHL 53 27 22 49 78 10 11 6 17 10
1992–93 Spokane Chiefs WHL 66 68 79 147 49 9 6 11 17 14
1993–94 Spokane Chiefs WHL 59 40 62 102 48 3 5 3 8 2
1994–95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 45 23 25 48 32
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 3 1 4 6
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 22 20 42 28 6 0 1 1 6
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 14 21 35 6 5 0 1 1 2
1997–98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 7 22 29 33
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 16 5 4 9 2
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 80 26 27 53 22
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 82 35 40 75 50
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 78 27 28 55 26
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 31 8 10 18 12
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 46 5 21 26 10
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 0 2 2 0 6 0 2 2 8
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 55 20 25 45 20
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 5 7 6 5 0 3 3 0
NHL totals 621 174 226 400 221 22 0 7 7 16

International play[edit]

Olympic medal record
Ice hockey
Silver 1998 Nagano Men
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Men

He and his brother won a bronze medal with Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and a silver medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Russia WJC 3 7 5 3 8 4
1994 Russia WC 5th 6 3 0 3 2
1996 Russia WCH SF 1 0 0 0 2
1998 Russia Oly 2 6 1 0 1 0
2002 Russia Oly 3 6 1 0 1 2
Senior Int'l Totals 19 5 0 5 6

Transactions[edit]

Source: hockeydb.com

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valeri Bure's Player Profile". Canadiens.com. Retrieved March, 23 2010. 
  2. ^ "Valeri Bure's Bio". Legends of Hockey.com. Retrieved March, 23 2010. 
  3. ^ "1Panthers send Valeri Bure to Blues". UPI.com. Retrieved March, 23 2010. 
  4. ^ "Candace Cameron Bure profile". IMDb.com. 
  5. ^ a b Lisa Beth. "Candace Cameron-Bure's Full House of Faith". Cornerstone Connection. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Valeri Bure, Russ Courtnall to compete on Battle of the Blades". Globe and Mail. 2010-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Russian pair wins Battle of the Blades". The Vancouver Sun. 2010-11-23. 

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