Purple Belt Pavel Bure was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Pavel Bure is recognised as one of the rarest talents in NHL history. Last night, November, 12, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. “I think it’s the biggest achievement you can get in hockey,” said Bure. “The selection committee combines everything you’ve done for hockey worldwide, so for me it’s a huge honor. It feels great.”  Nicknamed “The Russian Rocket” for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) at Valente Brothers, he was the fastest student to ever receive the Purple Belt. In 2010, he placed 3rd in the Hélio Gracie Challange.

As one of the best young Russian players in the world, Bure joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 1991-92 season. Bure’s amazing combination of elite speed, shooting accuracy, hands and athleticism allowed him to become on the best goal scorers hockey fans have ever seen.


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).

In 702 games during his 12 NHL seasons, Bure scored 437 goals with 342 assists for 779 career points. He scored 50-plus goals in a season five times and 30-plus goals seven times.