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Owner plans to add Pavel Bure to Canucks' Hall of Fame

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12:21 PM ET 04.06 | When Rogers Arena erupted in the long, adoring ovation for Pavel Bure, it washed over years of old wounds and brought the staid, private man to tears. It may also have been the final hurdle cleared for the Canucks to finally hang Bure's No. 10 from the rafters. None of the key players who are trying to bring this endlessly divisive issue to an end knew how the crowd would react to the Canucks only hall-of-famer. Bure, who said it was his first time in Vancouver since he retired, didn't know. And neither did Francesco Aquilini, the Vancouver Canucks owner who has been determined to bring Bure home, and see his number retired along the three other Canucks legends. By the way, what owners want, they usually get. Speaking publicly for the first time about Bure, Aquilini stopped short of making his jersey retirement announcement Friday. But, like Bure when he met with the Vancouver media Thursday, he wasn't hiding from it. "This is something we're going to work on and definitely it's in the plans," Aquilini revealed. "We think that Pavel is going to be a great addition to all the members who are retired up there. He's such a great guy and he's such an exciting player. You could see the fans. The standing ovation went on for at least five minutes."

Vancouver Province

Pavel Bure, Jeff Vinnick/NHL/Getty Images Pavel Bure, Jeff Vinnick/NHL/Getty Images
April 6, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Is it just a coincidence that The Russian Rocket left the Nux the year Burkie was hired?

April 6, 2013  12:45 PM ET

If they hang the Sedin sweaters up there I hope they're still in them.

April 6, 2013  01:03 PM ET

Time to Bure the hatchet

April 6, 2013  01:37 PM ET

not a particularly big HOF I would imagine.

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April 6, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Time to Bure the hatchet

I bet he can still skate circles around most of the 'players' on the Canucks roster.

April 6, 2013  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Time to Bure the hatchet

What a perfect headline, I can't believe I haven't read it in the mainstream media yet. Nice work, PA Dave, time to quit your day job and become a full-time headline writer.

April 6, 2013  02:39 PM ET
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What a perfect headline, I can't believe I haven't read it in the mainstream media yet. Nice work, PA Dave, time to quit your day job and become a full-time headline writer.

Thanks. That would be my dream job....and my wife's nightmare

April 6, 2013  02:57 PM ET
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Not a visual I really needed, but funny anyway :)

Probably not a lot to see up there anyway, I suppose.

April 6, 2013  03:10 PM ET
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Probably not a lot to see up there anyway, I suppose.

Problem is that you'll see twice as much of whatever it is you see.

April 6, 2013  03:23 PM ET
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But then you'd be able to see up their skirts...

LOL

April 6, 2013  06:08 PM ET
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Problem is that you'll see twice as much of whatever it is you see.

Not exactly the Doublemint Twins, are they?

 
April 6, 2013  06:47 PM ET
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Time to Bure the hatchet

Excellent Smithers.....

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