News from November 1997

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Bure adds insurance goal in Toronto

28 November, 1997. Mark Messier, left off the Canadian Olympic team hours earlier, scored a power-play goal to snap a third-period tie as the Vancouver Canucks rallied for their season-high third straight win, 4-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Messier was not among the 23 players selected to play for Canada at the upcoming Nagano Olympics. But he stuffed home a cross-ice pass from Markus Naslund at 3:07 of the final period to put the Canucks ahead for good, 3-2.

Toronto had killed off 28 consecutive power plays stretching over nine games before Messier scored.

Pavel Bure scored a spectacular shorthanded goal with 11:01 remaining to make it 4-2. He stripped the puck from Mathieu Schneider in the neutral zone and broke into the Maple Leafs zone. Schneider hooked him down as he cut across the net, but Bure flipped the puck between goaltender Felix Potvin's pads while falling for his 14th goal.

Pavel Bure has scored goals in four straight games and has seven goals and eight assists during a nine-game points streak.

Pavel Bure was voted in as the second star of the game.

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"THE HOCKEY NEWS" has Pavel on cover

28 November, 1997

The December 5, 1997 issue (Vol.51, No.13) of the Hockey News features Pavel on the cover.

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Bure stars in win over Boston Bruins

Canucks 5, Bruins 2

27 November, 1997

Pavel Bure and Mark Messier have been hot all month. But it's only since they hooked up with Mike Keenan that the Vancouver Canucks have been doing well as a team, too.

``It's a different feeling now. We've got our confidence back,'' Bure said Friday after scoring two goals to help the Canucks beat Boston 5-2 - their fourth win in five games since Keenan was hired. ``It's fun ...''

Bure, who has six goals and eight assists in his last eight games, also assisted on Messier's third-period goal that made it 4-2. Messier, who left the Rangers for Vancouver during the offseason, has seven goals and nine assists in his last 13 games after collecting only three points in his first 12.

``I wasn't discouraged with how I was playing,'' he said. ``I have a lot of confidence in what I can do on the ice. It was just a matter of time.''

"It's a lot different feeling," Bure said of the atmosphere within the team. "We're getting our confidence back. It's fun again to come into the room. We're laughing and joking. We used to be thinking we were going to lose another game."

Bure started as the second-line centre for the second straight game, but Keenan began double-shifting him on the first line, then kept Bure with Messier and Mogilny the final two periods.

"Pavel's been playing great lately," said Messier. "That first goal he scored was a goal scorer's goal. When he gets in front of the net, even if he is on his butt like he was, he can find a way to beat you. That gave us all a lift. It put us up 2-0, it was a big goal."

"Mike gets him involved in the game," Messier said of Bure. "He's got the stamina of a horse. From what I've seen playing with the greatest players in the world, they play their best when they're involved, get their breathing going and their blood pressure up a bit."

Kirk McLean stopped 31 shots for the Canucks, who have risen to 8-14-3 after winning only four of their first 20 games. Byron Dafoe made 20 saves for the Bruins, who are 0-4-1 in their last five games and 1-6-3 in their last 10.

Brian Noonan lured Dafoe out of the crease, then wristed the puck past him 1:21 into the game to make it 1-0. Later in the first, Jyrki Lumme tried a wraparound but was stopped; Bure swatted the rebound into the net, making it 2-0 at 11:04.

Only 23 seconds after Bret Hedican was given a double-minor for high-sticking, Jason Allison fed Ted Donato in front of the Canucks net, making it 2-1 at 17:56. It was Boston's first goal at the FleetCenter in more than 142 minutes.

Vancouver made it 3-1 when Steve Staios scored, but the Bruins pulled within one at 4:43 of the second when Steve Heinze converted Bourque's rebound. With 6:57 gone in the second, Messier connected on the power play, making it 4-2.

Pavel added an empty-netter with 34 seconds left.

Pavel was voted in first star of the game.

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NHL World All-Star voting

(c) 1997 Associated Press
26 November, 1997

Results of fan voting through Nov. 25 for the World All-Star team for the NHL All-Star Game, to be played Jan. 18 at General Motors Place in Vancouver:

Jaromir Jagr (CZE) Pittsburgh 76,693
Teemu Selanne (FIN) Anaheim 61,080
Pavel Bure (RUS) Vancouver 34,289
Zigmund Palffy (SLO) NY Islanders 26,806
Peter Bondra (SLO) Washington 20,123
Vyacheslav Kozlov (RUS) Detroit 16,548
Mikael Renberg (SWE) Tampa Bay 15,704
Valeri Kamensky (RUS) Colorado 14,276
Daniel Alfredsson (SWE) Ottawa 13,266
Jere Lehtinen (FIN) Dallas 11,755
Alexander Mogilny (RUS) Vancouver 9,575
Niklas Sundstrom (SWE) NY Rangers 9,416
Alexei Kovalev (RUS) NY Rangers 7,765
Dimitri Khristich (UKR) Boston 5,857
Martin Rucinsky (CZE) Montreal 4,579
Andrei Kovalenko (RUS) Edmonton 3,735
Viktor Kozlov (RUS) S.J. - FLA 3,242
German Titov (RUS) Calgary 2,280
Peter Forsberg (SWE) Colorado 55,115
Sergei Fedorov (RUS) Detroit* 29,736
Saku Koivu (FIN) Montreal 17,818
Bobby Holik (CZE) New Jersey 14,697
Mats Sundin (SWE) Toronto 9,892
Igor Larionov (RUS) Detroit 9,716
Jozef Stumpel (SLO) Los Angeles 8,194
Robert Reichel (CZE) NY Islanders 7,106
Alexei Yashin (RUS) Ottawa 6,588
Michal Pivonka (CZE) Washington 5,624
Petr Nedved (CZE) Pittsburgh* 5,269
Alexei Zhamnov (RUS) Chicago 2,912
Sandis Ozolinsh (LAT) Colorado 36,525
Viacheslav Fetisov (RUS) Detroit 35,663
Nicklas Lidstrom (SWE) Detroit 26,246
Darius Kasparaitis (RUS) Pittsburgh 17,894
Ulf Samuelsson (SWE) NY Rangers 15,613
Uwe Krupp (GER) Colorado 15,174
Janne Niinimaa (FIN) Philadelphia 13,960
Roman Hamrlik (CZE) Tampa Bay 13,075
Robert Svehla (SLO) Florida 11,634
Dmitri Mironov (RUS) Anaheim 8,248
Sergei Gonchar (RUS) Washington 8,191
Alexei Zhitnik (RUS) Buffalo 6,664
Oleg Tverdovsky (RUS) Phoenix* 5,734
Jyrki Lumme (FIN) Vancouver 5,552
Teppo Numminen (FIN) Phoenix 4,442
Dominik Hasek (CZE) Buffalo 43,728
Nikolai Khabibulin (RUS) Phoenix 23,256
Tommy Salo (SWE) NY Islanders 15,269
Olaf Kolzig (GER) Washington 14,006
Mikhail Shtalenkov (RUS) Anaheim 8,732
Arturs Irbe (LAT) Vancouver 7,938
* unsigned free agent

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Mess Makes It His Night

Sheds tears over video,draws cheers with goal

24 November, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) Mark Messier made a triumphant return to New York as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night in an emotion-filled night at Madison Square Garden.

Messier scored the Canucks' second goal of the game on a classic breakaway that Ranger fans had seen many times over the last six years when he played in New York. The goal stood as the game-winner until Tim Sweeney scored for New York with three seconds left.

Pavel Bure scored the Canucks shorthanded goal, and what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the third period.

He began the period for the first two shifts playing center, before reverting to his customary position at right wing.

Pavel was voted in as the third star of the game.

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Jagr leads All-Star European balloting

November 19, 1997

Pittsburgh Penguin right wing Jaromir Jagr leads his fellow world candidates in voting for the 1998 All-Star Game in Vancouver on Jan. 18.

Jagr, a Czech Republic native, has received 44,484 votes to lead the wingers category ahead of second-place Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (35,493 votes). Leaders at other positions include Colorado Avalanche center Peter Forsberg, who has collected 35,705 votes to lead all centers. The top two positions on defense are held by Detroit's Viacheslav Fetisov (15,890 votes) and Colorado's Sandis Ozolinsh, close behind with 15,466. The leading goaltender is Czech Republic native Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres (24,058).

Under this year's unique international All-Star Game format, the top NHL players representing Canada and United States will comprise the North American All-Star Team, who will face the top NHL players from the rest of the world.

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 1997, Russell Athletic NHL All-Star Fan Balloting is giving fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite players to determine the starting lineups for the NHL International Challenge. All-Star ballots are being distributed at NHL arenas, at Sears in the United States, McDonalds' in Canada and through inserts in national publications like Sports Illustrated, PowerPlay Magazine and The Hockey News.

Ballots can also cast at giving fans overseas an equal opportunity to vote for the starters in the 1998 All-Star Game. More than 20 percent of's traffic is international, with the majority of that figure coming from Europe.

Fans may choose six players from the North American and World All-Star Teams; two wingers, two defensemen, one center and one goaltender. If a player is not listed, a space is provided for write-in votes. The top two wingers and defensemen and the leading center and goaltender from each team will comprise the starting lineup for the All-Star Game.

Voting updates for the World All-Stars will be released by the NHL each Wednesday until the conclusion of balloting. North America All-Star updates will be released each Thursday, beginning tomorrow. The World All-Stars totals so far:

Jaromir Jagr (CZE) Pittsburgh 44,484
Teemu Selanne (FIN) Anaheim 35,493
Pavel Bure (RUS) Vancouver 21,692
Mikael Renberg (SWE) Tampa Bay 13,085
Zigmund Palffy (SLO) NY Islanders 12,438
Peter Bondra (SLO) Washington 11,342
Vyacheslav Kozlov (RUS) Detroit 10,747
Daniel Alfredsson (SWE) Ottawa 9,066
Jere Lehtinen (FIN) Dallas 8,038
Valeri Kamensky (RUS) Colorado 7,346
Alexander Mogilny (RUS) Vancouver 6,349
Niklas Sundstrom (SWE) NY Rangers 5,170
Alexei Kovalev (RUS) NY Rangers 4,345
Dimitri Khristich (UKR) Boston 3,106
Martin Rucinsky (CZE) Montreal 2,980
Andrei Kovalenko (RUS) Edmonton 2,639
Viktor Kozlov (RUS) S.J. - FLA 2,224
German Titov (RUS) Calgary 1,447
Peter Forsberg (SWE) Colorado 35,705
Sergei Fedorov (RUS) Detroit* 18,607
Saku Koivu (FIN) Montreal 11,915
Mats Sundin (SWE) Toronto 6,542
Igor Larionov (RUS) Detroit 6,472
Bobby Holik (CZE) New Jersey 4,909
Jozef Stumpel (SLO) Los Angeles 4,185
Alexei Yashin (RUS) Ottawa 4,145
Robert Reichel (CZE) NY Islanders 3,603
Petr Nedved (CZE) Pittsburgh* 3,185
Michal Pivonka (CZE) Washington 2,293
Alexei Zhamnov (RUS) Chicago 1,748
Viacheslav Fetisov (RUS) Detroit 15,890
Sandis Ozolinsh (LAT) Colorado 15,466
Nicklas Lidstrom (SWE) Detroit 13,399
Roman Hamrlik (CZE) Tampa Bay 9,602
Janne Niinimaa (FIN) Philadelphia 8,548
Darius Kasparaitis (RUS) Pittsburgh 8,210
Uwe Krupp (GER) Colorado 6,733
Ulf Samuelsson (SWE) NY Rangers 6,554
Robert Svehla (SLO) Florida 4,766
Jyrki Lumme (FIN) Vancouver 3,327
Oleg Tverdovsky (RUS) Phoenix* 2,832
Sergei Gonchar (RUS) Washington 2,780
Alexei Zhitnik (RUS) Buffalo 2,574
Dmitri Mironov (RUS) Anaheim 2,471
Teppo Numminen (FIN) Phoenix 2,341
Dominik Hasek (CZE) Buffalo 24,058
Nikolai Khabibulin (RUS) Phoenix 12,116
Olaf Kolzig (GER) Washington 6,063
Arturs Irbe (LAT) Vancouver 5,010
Tommy Salo (SWE) NY Islanders 4,785
Mikhail Shtalenkov (RUS) Anaheim 2,596
* unsigned free agent

CZE Czech Republic
FIN Finland
GER Germany
LAT Latvia
RUS Russia
SLO Slovakia
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine

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22 November, 1997

Canucks blow it in OT......... AGAIN !

VANCOUVER (AP) -- Greg Johnson scored 1:22 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Saturday night.

Chicago's Sergei Krivokrasov scored with 69 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

The Canucks, who had a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) come to an end, appeared on their way to victory when Lonny Bohonos and Pavel Bure scored 73 seconds apart early in the third period to give Vancouver a 4-2 lead.

Bure, who had given the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the first, gave the Canucks a two-goal advantage when he was sent in alone by a Mattias Ohlund pass and stuffed a shot through Hackett's legs for his team-leading 10th goal.

The loss marked Vancouver coach Mike Keenan's first since he took over Nov. 12.

The game featured two of the NHL's worst power-play teams each giving up shorthanded goals.

James Black opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal, the Blackhawks' third of the season. Pouncing on Bure's bad pass in the neutral zone, Black broke in alone and beat McLean with a snap shot on the short side 2:19 into the game.

McLean has now given up a goal on the first shot on net in consecutive games. The Canucks, meanwhile, have given up five shorthanded goals this year, tying them for the league lead with Los Angeles and the New York Islanders.

Chicago, which owns the league's worst power play, went 1-for-6 with the man advantage and is now 9-for-114 this season.

Vancouver, which entered the game with the league's 24th-ranked power play, went 0-for-5 and is now 10-for-97 in power-play opportunities this year.

Vancouver will embark on a three-game road swing which opens against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, marking Messier and Keenan's first visit to the Big Apple since they joined the Canucks.

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20 November, 1997

Canucks strong play continues winning streak

Alexander Mogilny and Lonny Bohonos scored first-period goals and Kirk McLean stopped 28 shots as the Vancouver Canucks continued their strong play under Mike Keenan with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Vancouver played without center Trevor Linden, who suffered a stained groin in practice on Wednesday.

Murzyn's second, which proved to be the game winning goal at 4:26 of the middle period made it 3-1. Pavel Bure and Mark Messier cycled the puck behind net before Messier fed a pass to Murzyn.

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19 November, 1997

Keenan gives Bure a whirl at centre

New Canuck coach gives career right winger an opportunity to do some skating and build stamina.

Iain MacIntyre Vancouver Sun
After dropping last game to the second line from the first, Vancouver Canuck Pavel Bure found himself Tuesday in even less familiar territory: Centre.

Canuck coach Mike Keenan had Bure, who has played only right wing during his seven NHL seasons, practising at centre on a line with wingers Martin Gelinas and Markus Naslund.

"It gives him an opportunity to do some skating and build his stamina," Keenan explained. "Quite often we'll work out in a different position. I think it's a practical exercise because you gain an appreciation of what another man's job is."

"No problem," Bure said.

Could he play defence Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes?

"No problem," he repeated.

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15 November, 1997

Russia ices team

Canucks Bure and Sens Yashin top list

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced a partial roster of players for its Olympic team today -- a list conspicuously missing some of the country's best players.

In announcing the names of 19 players for the squad, including star winger Pavel Bure of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, federation president Alexander Steblin said the rest of the team would be named on Dec. 1.

Steblin, who will also be general manager of the team, avoided mention of several Russian NHL players who have said they aren't willing to play for Russia in Nagano, Japan, next February. He said likely candidates for the remainder of the team include Montreal's Valeri Bure, Florida's Viktor Kozlov and Toronto's Sergei Berezin.

Valeri Bure criticized his compatriots last week for their refusal to join Russia's team and called on them to set aside their differences.

Veterans such as Detroit Red Wings teammates Slava Fetisov, Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov, as well as Nikolai Khabibulin of the Phoenix Coyotes have said they won't represent their homeland. They have cited discontent with how Russian ice hockey is being run.

Named to the team today were goalies Mikhail Shtalenkov (Anaheim) and Andrei Trefilov (Chicago).

Representing Russia on defence will be: Darius Kasparaitis of Pittsburgh, Boris Mironov of Edmonton, Alexei Gusarov of Colorado, Alexander Karpovtsev of the N.Y. Rangers, Igor Kravchuk of Ottawa, Dmitri Mironov of Anaheim, Dimitri Yushkevich of Toronto and Alexei Zhitnik of Buffalo.

Joining the Bure brothers at forward are Alexei Zhamnov of Chicago, Valeri Kamensky of Colorado, Alexei Yashin of Ottawa, Alexei Kovalev of the N.Y. Rangers, Andrei Kovalenko of Edmonton, Valeri Zelepukin of New Jersey, German Titov of Calgary and Sergei Nemchinov of the N.Y. Islanders.Steblin, who will also be general manager of the team, avoided mention of several Russian NHL players who have said they aren't willing to play for Russia in Nagano, Japan, next February.

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15 November, 1997

Bure drops to the second line

Canucks' coach Mike Keenan moves Linden back to right wing on the top unit.

Iain MacIntyre -Vancouver Sun.
Since the end of last season, there has been speculation whether the Vancouver Canucks could afford to keep both Pavel Bure and Alex Mogilny on the same team.

Sunday, caoch Mike Keenan felt he couldn't keep them on the same line.

The surprising thing is it wasn't Mogilny who pushed Bure off right wing on the top unit, it was Trevor Linden, back where he and many others feel he is best.

Linden was switched to right wing from centre three games ago, and was promoted to the top unit - alongside centre Mark Messier - halfway through Sunday's 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bure dropped back to the second unit and finished the game on a line with left winger Markus Naslund and centre Mike Sillinger. Bure was earlier dropped by Keenan from the first-unit power play.

"It doesn't matter whether I like it or not," Bure said of the switches. "You have to do what the coach wants you to do. You're never surprised. You just have to deal with the adjustments.

"You have to listencarefully about who is being called for the next shift. I got lots of ice time. It doesn't matter who you are playing with because you're always in the game."

Although Bure has reportedly settled his outstanding grievance for back pay - he and the club are believed to have agreed to a $1.1 million US settlement - the Russian Rocket remains non-committal about whether he is happy in Vancouver.

For weeks there have been questions about whether it makes sense, tactically and financially, to have both Bure and Mogilny on the same team. Both are natural right wingers, and their salaries total nearly $10million US.

"I've always said .....from my first year in the NHL, you just have to concentrate on hockey, "Bure said. If you think what's going to happen or who's going to get traded... you're going to have a big headache.

"I'm here and I'm happy we won the game today. That's the most important thing."

Keenan said he replaced Bure with Linden on the first line to give it a more physical dimension, and removed Bure from the No.1 power play because the unit's confidence was low.

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15 November, 1997

Pavel's interview on 'CBC Sportsline' now available in Real Audio

If you want to hear Pavel Bure answering listener call in questions, recently aired on the November 8th edition of CBC's 'Sportsline', you can do so by going to CBC's archive at

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14 November, 1997

Canucks beat Hurricanes to give Keenan first win

Alexander Mogilny scored twice and Kirk McLean made 22 saves as Vancouver shut down the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, giving coach Mike Keenan his first win with the Canucks.

Dave Scatchard and Dana Murzyn also scored for Vancouver, which is unbeaten in its last three (2-0-1) following a team-record 10-game losing streak. Keenan has been behind the bench for the last two contests after replacing the fired Tom Renney.

"I think we did really great as a team tonight," said Canucks winger Pavel Bure. "It's a first step on our way to build our confidence. We haven't lost in three games now."

Pavel was chosen as the second star of the game, behind Alxander Mogilny and his two goals..

Both teams struggled on the power play as Vancouver scored just once in six attempts while Carolina went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

he win was a costly won for Vancouver, who lost forward Scott Walker to a possible broken nose in the second period.

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14 November, 1997

Keenan debut proves a point

Mike Keenan's debut as coach of the Vancouver Canucks ended in a 3-3 tie with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Vancouver goaltender Kirk McLean made 30 saves and snapped a personal eight-game losing streak, but extended his winless streak to 11 games (0-9-2).

Messier's assist extended his point-scoring streak to eight games.

Pavel assisted on two of Vancouver's goals.

"A tie is better than a loss, but I'm not happy with the tie," Bure said.


Although Canuck Pavel Bure hasn't officially rescinded his trade request, he has $1.1 million US reasons to be a little happier in Vancouver since he and the club appear to have agreed to settle his long-standing claim for back pay. Bure lost about $1.8 million US in salary during the 1994-95 lockout and told ex-general manager Pat Quinn it was causing him a good deal of unhappiness. The $1.1 million US figure represents a compromise between the two sides.

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14 November, 1997

Value of patience

Mike Keenan, hired Thursday as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, said he has learned the value of patience since he was fired as coach and general manager of the St. Louis Blues last December.
     That patience will be tested severely by the Canucks, who plunged to the bottom of the Western Conference during a club-record 10-game losing streak that ended only Wednesday.
     "I'm happy as hell to be coaching again," said Keenan, who will make his Canuck debut tonight against the Mighty Ducks at the Pond. "I can't wait to get back at it. We're going to be committed to sharing a dream. . . .
     "I'd be really naive and disrespectful to you if I said this team is going to win the Stanley Cup after it didn't make the playoffs last year and just lost a series of games, but the nucleus is there."
     The move reunites Keenan and Mark Messier, who helped the New York Rangers win a Stanley Cup in 1994, defeating the Canucks in seven games. Keenan said he has yet to talk to Messier, who joined the Canucks as a free agent last summer.
     Keenan, 48, ranks ninth in NHL history in games coached, with 887. Known for pushing players mercilessly, he's also known as a winner. He has a record of 470-318-99 and a .586 winning percentage. He replaces Tom Renney, who was fired Wednesday. Renney was dismissed a week after the firing of General Manager Pat Quinn.
     The Canucks still are seeking a replacement for Quinn, according toSteve Tambellini, the club's senior vice president for hockey operations. In the meantime, Tambellini and Keenan will be part of a management team.

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Canucks hire Keenan

Iron Mike reunited with Messier

13 November, 1997

 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Mike Keenan is returning to the NHL as coach of the struggling Vancouver Canucks.

 Keenan replaces Tom Renney, who was fired today, and will coach the Canucks in Anaheim on Friday night. The hiring reunites Keenan with Mark Messier -- the two helped the New York Rangers win a Stanley Cup title in 1994 against the Canucks.

Mike Keenan, center, the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks, watches his team practice Thursday, Nov, 13. 1997, in Anaheim Calif. Keenan replaces Tom Renney who was let go today after last week's firing of President and General Manager Pat Quinn. (AP Photo)

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12 November, 1997

Pavel #1 Star in a solid Canucks win

The Vancouver Canucks snapped their team-record 10-game losing streak as Pavel Bure scored on a penalty shot to spark a three-goal first period in a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Bure also picked up a pair of assists and Mike Sillinger scored a goal and set up another for Vancouver, which won for the first time since a 5-1 triumph at Dallas on October 21st. The Canucks also ended a seven-game road losing streak but their 4-13-2 start still equals the worst in club history.

Bure converted his second of four career penalty shots at 6:27 of the first period after San Jose's Andrei Nazarov gloved a loose puck in his own goal crease. From the red line, Bure skated alone down the center of the ice, shooting from just above the crease and beating goaltender Mike Vernon high on his stick side for his eighth goal of the season.

Bure, who has 35 points in 29 career games against the Sharks, picked up an assist on Steve Staios' goal with 2:12 to go in the period. Vancouver extended its lead to 3-0 just 46 seconds later when Trevor Linden redirected Sillinger's pass for his fifth goal.

Jyrki Lumme opened a four-goal cushion 26 seconds into the second period with a power-play tally on the Canucks' 10th shot of the game.

Bure was selected as the #1 star of the game.

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11 November, 1997

Canucks in a humiliating loss

Yanic Perreault recorded his second hat trick of the season and assisted on another goal as the Los Angeles Kings routed the Vancouver Canucks, 8-2, handing them their franchise-record 10th straight loss.

The 10-game skid broke the record set four times, most recently from February 23rd-March 13th, 1988. At 3-13-2, Vancouver is off to the worst start in its 27-year history.

Pavel Bure assited on Mark Messier's short handed goal.

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10 November, 1997

Lucky 13

Professional athletes are a superstitious lot. Here are some Canucks' eccentricities, compliments of Orca Bay magazine via today's Vancouver Sun.

- Goalie Kirk McLean insists on getting his own bottle of water before the game and between periods. He also has the word "weird" painted on the bottom of his skates and has a horseshoe nailed on to the wall of his locker.

- Bret Hedican won't allow anyone -- and that includes the trainers -- to touch his equipment once it's been put in his stall after a game or practice.

- Pavel Bure, once he gets his can of Coke, won't let anyone touch it.

- Former Canuck Cliff Ronning hated the color black so much that he spray-painted his sticks white.

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8 November, 1997

Canucks fall into an Abyss

Teemu Selanne extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-high 10 games as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim handed the Vancouver Canucks their record-tying ninth straight loss, 3-2.

The nine-game losing streak equals the longest in franchise history for Vancouver, which had not dropped nine straight since February 23rd-March 13th, 1988. At 3-12-2, the Canucks have equaled the worst start in franchise history.

"Right now, it doesn't matter if we're home or on the road," said Vancouver's Mike Sillinger. "Nothing seems to work. We've just got to keep working hard and believe in each other. That's the main thing. We can't let the next guy down in this locker room. If we keep working hard, eventually we'll get a break, get a win and get on a roll the other way."

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6 November, 1997

Pavel featured on magazine cover

Pavel Bure was featured on the cover of the October 1997 issue of

Hockey Player magazine.

You can view their web site at

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5 November, 1997

Mogilny ends holdout

Russian nets $17.6 million for four years

 VANCOUVER (CP) -- The Vancouver Canucks, lurching to a disastrous start, announced Friday that holdout restricted free agent Alexander Mogilny has signed with the club.

 Mogilny signed for $17.6 million US for four years, The Canadian Press has learned. He made $4 million last season when he scored 31 goals and had 73 points.

 "It's great," Mogilny said at a news conference. "I was just sitting at home watching those guys and I just wanted to be out there, still part of the team. I felt like it anyway."

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5 November, 1997

PBFC announces new web site

The Pavel Bure Fan Club is pleased to announce yet another web site that has been set up primarily for the benefit of PBFC members, but which can be viewed by all fans of Pavel.

The Pavel Bure Fan Club hockey card web site has been created for photos of all hockey cards ever issued of Pavel Bure. If you ever wanted to know what those rare cards of Pavel Bure look like, here's your opportunity to check them out. Likewise, if you have a card, but are unsure of it's proper name or year of distribution, you can match them up on this web site.

Special thanks to club member Lynda for programming the web site. She has a wonderful dedication to Pavel at Pasha's Palace , so have a quick peek at her other nice work.

Likewise special thanks to Ken Fok for providing the cards.

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Frustration Continues for Bure, Canucks

5 November, 1997 -- The Pro Hockey EuroReport

Last season was full of frustration for Vancouver Canucks star RW Pavel Bure. An injury on opening night plagued him throughout the year, and ultimately cost him the final 18 games of the season.

Despite many differences, this season is turning out to be more of the same for Bure and his team: frustration after frustration after frustration.

The last three games have been the toughest to swallow, even though they make up less than half of Vancouver's current 8-game losing streak. In each of the three losses - a 7-6 OT setback at Pittsburgh on 25 Oct., a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Monday, and a 2-1 loss at Washington on Tuesday - Vancouver has held a lead.

They've come close, but have thus far failed to come up with even a single point since a 5-1 win at Dallas on 21 Oct.

If a losing streak has bright spots, then Vancouver's last three outings certainly qualify as just that. Even though the Canucks blew 3-goal leads on two separate occasions in Pittsburgh and lost leads in each of the next two contests, their efforts were monumental compared to losses two through five in the streak. In those games, they were outscored by a combined 16-2 in dropping games to Detroit, Chicago, and New Jersey.

After that trio of debacles, the last three games are surely a positive sign, right?

"No, not really," a visibly dejected Pavel Bure told the EuroReport after the Canucks' 2-1 loss in Washington Tuesday. "We are playing to win games. Once, maybe, it's fine to play well and not win. But when you can't get a win in three games like that, it's time to be concerned."

Concerned would be one way to describe a Vancouver club that finds itself with a 3-11-2 record and fewer points than anyone in the Western Conference. Frustrated works well, too, particularly for Bure.

In losses to Pittsburgh and Carolina, Bure's points seem to come easily, as he racked up 1 goal and 5 points. In the end, however, the final score of each game meant that Bure's efforts, no matter how solid, were meaningless.

"It's a team game. It doesn't matter how many points I have - five, ten, whatever. I've got to think about the team, and we're not getting it done," Bure (7+8=15 in 15 games) said.

Against Washington, Bure's frustrations took on another, more personal form as he found himself unable to covert opportunities when the team needed them most. He got some of his best scoring chances in weeks - all of them in the final 5 minutes with the Flames down, 2-1.

First, a point shot slipped through the pads of Washington G Olaf Kolzig. Standing behind Kolzig at the side of the net, Bure swiped at the puck, which was sitting no more than 6 inches from the goal line. Just before Bure got his stick on the rubber, Washington C Adam Oates, who had sneaked in from the other side of the net, swatted it away.

A minute later, Bure left Caps D Calle Johansson embarrassed by executing perfect inside-out move just inside the Washington blueline and setting himself up on a breakaway. This time, Kolzig made a sprawling pad save on a Bure backhander at the side of the net.

Then, Bure's final effort - an open one-timer from the slot - was again foiled by Kolzig, as the Team Germany netminder squeezed Vancouver's final hope of victory firmly between his Heatons.

"The first time [Oates] saved it with his stick, the second time [Kolzig] saved it with his foot," Bure said about the first two chances, shaking his head as he recounted what almost was.


Six nights; three games; lots of chances; no points. And that's just part of a bigger picture that shows an ugly, eight-game losing streak.

"It's hard to take anything positive out of this," Bure said. "I don't know what else we can do besides forget this game and move on."

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Canucks lose again

4 November, 1997

On the day long-time president and general manager Pat Quinn was fired, the Vancouver Canucks suffered their eighth straight defeat falling to the Washington Capitals, 2-1, as Peter Bondra snapped a tie with 12:17 left in regulation.

"When you get a team like Vancouver that is very desperate and a team like us that is very desperate, you've got to expect a low scoring game," Washington defenseman Phil Housley said.

At 3-11-2, Vancouver is off to the second-worst start in franchise history. The 1984-85 team began 2-11-2 en route to a 25-46-9 finish. The anemic start resulted in the firing of Quinn earlier in the day. Quinn was in his 11th season as president and general manager of the Canucks, having also served as coach during two different stints.

"We owed it to the organization to go out and play well. But we also owed it to ourselves. At the end we're the only ones that are out there on the ice,:" Vancouver coach Tom Renney said.

McLean made 39 saves, but fell to 2-9-2 this season. Vancouver went winless on their five-game road trip and were outscored, 25-11.

With 1:47 to play, Pavel Bure skated picked up a pass and skated quickly around Johansson, but Kolzig knocked away Bure's shot with his right pad.

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4 November, 1997

Canucks fire Quinn

BY GRANT KERR Canadian Press

 VANCOUVER (CP) -- The slumping Vancouver Canucks made a move to stop their free fall today, firing general manager and president Pat Quinn.
 Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, the Seattle-based group that owns the 3-10-2 team, confirmed the firing after it was reported by radio station CKNW, which broadcasts the Canucks games.
 Orca Bay president Steve Bellringer told a news conference he had no candidates in mind at the present time to replace Quinn. He said the search would take several weeks.
 The Quinn firing comes as a surprise since speculation had focused on the future of head coach Tom Renney as the team stumbled through a lengthy losing streak.
 "There's no change in Tom Renney's status," said Bellringer, adding there were no plans to keep Quinn within the organization.
 The Canucks lost their seventh straight game 5-3 Monday night in Greensboro, N.C., to the Carolina Hurricanes. Vancouver plays in Washington tonight, where they are winless in their last seven starts.
 Only Tampa Bay, at 2-9-2, has a worse record than the Canucks and the Lightning have already fired coach Terry Crisp.
 Bellringer said the decision to fire Quinn was made last weekend by ownership.
 "It took a few days to get the process in place. It's obvious we're not happy with team prformance."
 Bellringer acknowledged that the firing would not immediately affect the on-ice product, referring several times to the long-term picture.
 "Obviously Pat is not on the ice skating himself. That's something he did in the past. I don't think it's going to make an impact tonight. But I think as we go forth, it will be a positive thing and that's obviously why we did it."
 Bellringer said Quinn was informed of the firing early today in Washington.
 "Pat was very stoic. He accepted it as part of professional life as anybody else in the senior responsibility area and I think you'll probably see Pat take some personal time now."
 The poor performance has been doubly disappointing considering the team spent $20 million US to acquire free agent centre Mark Messier after failing to make the playoffs last season.
 The Canucks have so far failed to re-sign star Russian Alexander Mogilny this season, however.
 Quinn, a defenceman on the first Vancouver team in 1970, was hired by Vancouver 10 years ago. In many ways, he is symbolic of the Canucks.
 The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup final in 1994 with Quinn as head coach. Twice he went behind the bench to replace fired coaches Bob McCammon and Rick Ley.
 Quinn met with the Canucks in Pittsburgh on Saturday, urging them to try to turn things around.
 Renney wasn't at the players meeting but said he had Quinn's support.
 "I still feel support, I really do," Renney told reporters in Greensboro, N.C. on Monday night. "Until such time they feel they have to make a drastic move that might impact me, I'll always feel that way.
 "And if that ever came to pass I know they wouldn't feel very good about it because they're good people."
 Messier and defenceman Grant Ledyard said they felt for their coach.
 "He's been a total professional through this," said Messier, who has six points in his last three games. "I don't think it's all coming down on his shoulders. Everybody takes the brunt of this."
 "I feel for Tom big time," Ledyard added. "He's putting up the Xs and Os and they're the right ones. We haven't always done things right and he's taking the heat for it."
 Asked if he would be involved in deciding Renney's fate or had been consulted by ownership, Messier was emphatic.
 "No," he told the Vancouver Sun. "That's for the people upstairs to take care of. I'm here to play hockey and that's the bottom line.
 "I have to do my best in the dressing room and on the ice. I'm a player first and foremost."

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3 November, 1997

Canucks stumble yet into another loss

Sami Kapanen and Steve Leach scored nine seconds apart late in the second period, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the hapless Vancouver Canucks, who suffered their seventh straight loss.

Kapanen ripped a slap shot from the high slot past Arturs Irbe for his fifth goal of the season, tying the game, 3-3, with 5:54 left in the second period. Off the ensuing faceoff, Kevin Dineen took a shot from the right faceoff circle. Irbe made a stick save, but the rebound went to a streaking Leach just outside the left circle and he beat the goaltender to the stick side for his third tally of the season.

Gary Roberts, who assisted on Kapanen's tally, added an insurance goal with 1:44 to play.

Vancouver's Mark Messier tied the game, 2-2, with his sixth goal, a power-play tally at 4:38 of the second period.

Messier, who has four goals in his last three games, assisted on Markus Naslund's third of the season with 7:32 left in the period to give Vancouver the lead.

Pavel Bure assisted on two of Vancouver's goals.

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2 November, 1997

Orca Bay Corporation relaunches Winning Spirit store as 'AUTHENTIX'

The Orca Bay Corporation, the parent company of the Vancouver Canucks, have renamed and revamped their merchandising store under a new name, from the original name Winning Spirit to the new name as 'Authentix'.

There is one location at General Motors Place. The retail division was taken off the website because NHL and NBA regulations state that they could not sell merchandise online. You can still call their store at (604) 899-7590. Their address is 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6G1.

Below is a recent photo taken of Pavel and fellow Canucks, advertising the name.

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1 November, 1997

Tony Gallagher: Quinn in a corner

Tony Gallagher The Province

Pavel Bure takes a break at practice. With a contract loaded with question marks, the Russian Rocket is a tough sell to any team that might want him. Staff file photo by Davie Clark
Unless the axe falls on Pat Quinn in the next few days, which is extremely unlikely, it is clear even he must take action now.

Coach Tom Renney's head rolling is probable and many wonder what is taking so long. But even after such a move, steps must be taken to change the roster and there aren't too many major options open.

Many feel Pavel Bure should be traded. This is possible but an extremely difficult move because of the Russian Rocket's ever-evolving contract.

If the NHL Players Association ever starts a Hall of Fame for contracts, the work of Ron Salcer on this one is likely to be the first inductee. It's the classic case of how business impacts hockey decisions.

As has been outlined in this column in the past, if Bure gets 40 goals or 80 points this season he is to be paid the average of the top five forwards next season, which is to say $7 million US to $9 million US by the time Jaromir Jagr, Eric Lindros, Mark Messier, Joe Sakic and Paul Kariya are factored in.

Let's say Bure makes $8 million next year, just to simplify. At the end of next season the team that owns his rights then has a decision to make: Either send him a qualifying offer at the same money or have him become an unrestricted free agent. Therefore, they must qualify him. And at the end of the season following that one, same again.

It becomes clear if Bure gets 80 points this season, he is virtually guaranteed the $8 million a year in perpetuity.

Even if he doesn't get another point, he is virtually guaranteed the average of the top seven forwards until he's 31.

How many teams can risk taking on that kind of contract, not even knowing how much it'll cost? The Rangers, Chicago, Washington and L.A. might, but don't count on it.

Quinn likely will try to hold talks with Bure's agent, Mike Gillis, to work out a deal for hard numbers, but this will take time and a lot of work.

They could move Alex Mogilny as is, unsigned. This would be relatively easy, but again the Canucks have shot themselves in the foot.

All last season after the talented Russian asked for a centre, they allowed the pro-club media to slag Mogilny for publicly suggesting the Canucks do exactly what they ended up doing in the off-season when they signed Mark Messier.

The result was that around the league Mogilny gained a reputation as a malcontent. The fact it has no foundation in truth hardly matters now.

By not sticking up for their player, the Canucks depreciated their own asset. He has become less desirable and more difficult to move for the appropriate market value for one of the most creative, entertaining forwards in the world.

This has been done before, of course, with Esa Tikkanen. When Jeff Brown was maligned, the Canucks ended up getting Frank Kucera and Jim Dowd for him. They beat up Jiri Slegr so badly all they got was Roman Oksuita.

The Canucks are not the only team that does this, of course, but running down your own players or not defending them when they are being roughed up in public is always a bad idea.

They could move Trevor Linden, but seem unwilling to consider it for all sorts of the right reasons. Ditto Marty Gelinas. Fair enough.

Jyrki Lumme is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and as such wouldn't bring near market value. They can't move Mattias Ohlund this season even if they wanted to. They can't move Kirk McLean unless they bring back Corey Hirsch or get a goalie in return, which defeats the purpose.

This team has been maneuvered into a pretty tight spot.

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1 November, 1997

Canucks score, but lose again

Rob Brown's second goal of the game with 68 seconds left in overtime capped a string of four straight goals and lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins past the faltering Vancouver Canucks, 7-6.

The Canucks scored five times in a 5:27 span of the first period, but have dropped six straight games and have been outscored, 30-11, in that span, leading to rumors that Tom Renney would be the second NHL coach to be fired this season.

"Finally, we get some goals; we can't hold the lead," an embattled Renney said. "This team is pressing. When you're trying to score to win a hockey game, you leave yourself vulnerable at the other end. We just have to make sure we play all three zones. We lost the hockey game, but we got some self-respect."

Pavel Bure scored a power play goal in the first period , when he tipped in Mattias Ohlund's drive from inside the blue line for his seventh goal of the season and first in six games. He also set up two Mark Messier goals in the game.

The Canucks recorded 12 shots in the first period, but managed just 14 more in the final two periods and overtime.

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