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Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Павел Владимирович Буре; born March 31, 1971) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed the Russian Rocket for his world class speed, he played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Trained in Russia, where he is known as Pasha, he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.

Drafted 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, he began his NHL career in 1991–92 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie, then helped the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994. After seven seasons with the Canucks, Bure was dealt to the Panthers, where he won back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's leading goal-scorer (he also led the league in goal scoring with Vancouver in 1993–94, before the trophy's inauguration). After struggling with knee injuries throughout his career, Bure retired prematurely in 2005 as a member of the Rangers.

Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union, he won two silver medals and a gold in three World Junior Championships followed by a gold and silver medal in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, respectively. After the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Bure competed in two Winter Olympics, winning silver at the 1998 Games in Nagano and bronze at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Following Bure's retirement from his playing career in 2005, he was named the general manager for Russia's national Olympic team.

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