On this day in 1994, Vancouver Canucks’ Pavel Bure hits 50-goal mark for second straight season
By Zach Laing10 months ago
Pavel Bure never struggled much in the way of scoring goals.
Over the course of his career, he racked up 437 goals in 702 games — 254 of which came during his 428-game stint with the Vancouver Canucks.
And on this day in 1994, Bure hit the 50-goal mark for the second straight season. The 22-year-old hit the mark by scoring on an empty net in a 6-3 win over the LA Kings. It wasn’t just a special night for Bure, but it was a big night for the NHL as a whole as Wayne Gretzky scored career goal 802 breaking Gordie Howe’s record.
Bure was a revelation early in his career. Through his first three seasons — the 1993-94 campaign being his third — he scored 154 goals in 224 games piling up two 60-goal seasons. He never quite kept up the same scoring pace with his goal-per-game pace dipping by .1 throughout the rest of his career, but he still had spikes scoring 51 goals in his final season with the Canucks in 1997-98, then 58 and 59 goals in 1999-00 and 2000-01 with Flordia.
Bure, who was drafted by the Canucks in the 6th round of the 1989 draft, first played for the organization in 1991-92. In Jan. 1999, Bure, Brad Ference, Bret Hedican and a 2000 3rd round pick were traded to the Florida Panthers for Mike Brown, Dave Gagner, Ed Jovanovski, Kevin Weekes and a 1st round pick in 2000.
Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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