This afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena. This is the only time this season that the Canucks will be hosting the Original Six team, and it always a sold out game. There are many people that will be donning the blue and white jersey for the game, but for many others, the Leafs is the team we love to hate.
Prior to the puck drop at 4pm, the Vancouver Canucks organization will be honour Pavel Bure, who is somewhat of an icon here. Bure played for in Vancouver Canucks from 1991 to 1999, and help lead them to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, the Canucks fell short in game 7 by just 1 goal. He was immediately resigned to 5 year contract with the team that made him the 3rd highest paid player in the NHL behind Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two other legendary hockey players. Bure is currently the only Vancouver Canuck that can be found the the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
“The Russian Rocket” as he was known, will be in attendance at todays game for his retirement ceremony. He will watch as his number 10 goes up into the rafters alongside Markus Naslund (19), Trevor Linden (16) and Stan Smyl (12). For many fans, it was a no brainer to honour Bure, but it has been over 10 years since he left the organization, which tells us there’s been some hesitation. Bure was traded to the Florida Panthers in 1999, and it left a very sour taste in his mouth. Many feel as though he didn’t do enough outside of hockey for the city of Vancouver as many other players do, but his talent is undeniable.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get seats for the game, be sure to tune in to Hockey Night in Canada to watch the events unfold. We will be playing the game on our TVs at the Vancouver Lookout. Fans can look down on Rogers Arena and enjoy the rest of the city views during the intermissions!