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Bure Takes His Place In The Hall

Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:00 PM ET / Features
By Dan Rosen  - NHL.com Senior Writer
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Bure Takes His Place In The Hall

TORONTO -- In the opening video before introducing the first inductee, Pat Quinn compared Pavel Bure's yearning to be the best to that of Bobby Orr.

Pretty high praise for the first inductee in the Class of 2012, but certainly hard to argue against it considering the career that Bure had on both the international and National Hockey League level.

The Russian Rocket scored 437 goals and 779 points in an injury-shortened 702-game NHL career. He got up to 60 twice and scored in the 50s three more times. His hands were remarkable and his skating was, well, untouchable.

"Pretty rocket like," Quinn said. "He was a scoring machine."

Bure, wearing a bow tie, received his plaque from Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Bill Hay and stepped to the podium.

He said he was "honored to be here and truly humbled to be in the company of such an elite group of individuals."

Bure thanked the Selection Committee, congratulated his fellow inductees, and went into his speech.

He mentioned how sometimes he plays on the same line as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is just getting into the game.

Bure thanked his parents, who he said taught him to be a gentleman. He started playing at six years old and said some of his first memories are of his mom packing his hockey bag and heading to the subway to go to the rink.

"I could only feel excitement, not knowing how hard it was for my mom," Bure said. "It only became more difficult when my little brother Valeri, who later became an NHL star, started to play."

Bure said now that he has a family he realizes all the sacrifices his family made to allow him to play.

He then went into his career, saying it was a privilege to play the game all over the world. He said he owes his sincerest gratitude to each and every organization, "including, first and foremost, my teammates."

Bure thanked all of his coaches, the management he played for and the National Hockey League.

"Thank you for the opportunity to step on the ice each and every night and be part of your success," he said.

Finally, Bure talked about his fans.

"We play for you," he said. "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 he feels privileged to have lived this life and to have played this game.

"I accomplished my dreams," he closed with.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
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13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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