Valeri Bure

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Valeri Bure
Born(1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 39)
Moscow, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forMontreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars
National team Russia
NHL Draft33rd overall, 1992
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career1990–2004
 
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Valeri Bure
Born(1974-06-13) June 13, 1974 (age 39)
Moscow, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forMontreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars
National team Russia
NHL Draft33rd overall, 1992
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career1990–2004

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
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1990–91CSKA MoscowSoviet30000
1991–92Spokane ChiefsWHL5327224978101161710
1992–93Spokane ChiefsWHL6668791474996111714
1993–94Spokane ChiefsWHL5940621024835382
1994–95Fredericton CanadiensAHL4523254832
1994–95Montreal CanadiensNHL243146
1995–96Montreal CanadiensNHL772220422860116
1996–97Montreal CanadiensNHL64142135650112
1997–98Montreal CanadiensNHL507222933
1997–98Calgary FlamesNHL165492
1998–99Calgary FlamesNHL8026275322
1999–00Calgary FlamesNHL8235407550
2000–01Calgary FlamesNHL7827285526
2001–02Florida PanthersNHL318101812
2002–03Florida PanthersNHL465212610
2002–03St. Louis BluesNHL5022060228
2003–04Florida PanthersNHL5520254520
2003–04Dallas StarsNHL13257650330
NHL totals6211742264002212207716

International play[edit]

Olympic medal record
Ice hockey
Silver1998 NaganoMen
Bronze2002 Salt Lake CityMen

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]

YearTeamEventPlace GPGAPtsPIM
1994RussiaWJC375384
1994RussiaWC5th63032
1996RussiaWCHSF10002
1998RussiaOly261010
2002RussiaOly361012
Senior Int'l Totals195056

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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