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1988-89 Pavel Bure CCCP Soviet National Team Game Worn Jersey
Lot #37

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1988-89 Pavel Bure CCCP Soviet National Team Game Worn Jersey
Lot #37
This white mesh and knit gamer by Kisapuku of Finland was likely worn by Pavel Bure circa the 1988-89 season during international play while skating for the Soviet National team. The Vancouver Canucks selected Bure in the 6th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. After spending a handful of seasons playing in his native Russia, Bure embarked on a stellar NHL career that began in 1991-92 and culminated in being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pavel spent 7 seasons with the Canucks that included back-to-back 60 goal seasons and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994. Bure next suited up for the Florida Panthers for parts of 3 seasons before finishing his career with the New York Rangers. Injuries took their toll on the Russian Rocket and cost him literally hundreds of games. Despite this, Pavel netted 437 goals and 779 points in 702 career games. He was the Calder Trophy winner as Rookie of the Year in 1992 and won back-to-back Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophies as the NHL’s leading goal scorer while with Florida in 2000 and 2001. Bure was 3 times a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star and he played in 7 NHL All Star games. Bure also represented the Soviet Union and Russia in numerous World Championships and 2 Olympics, helping earn himself induction to the IIHF Hall of Fame. Pavel holds numerous Canucks records and his player number 10 was officially retired to the rafters in Vancouver in 2013, never to be worn again. Bure was the first “true” Vancouver Canucks player to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, gaining induction with the class of 2012.



The game wear on this size 54-56 L sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, plenty of board burns, loads of colorful board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, pulls and inner pilling. Bure’s name adorns the nameplate that is sewn high to the verso of this sweater. Finding pictures from this era of the Soviet National Team during minor tournament play is exceedingly difficult. While researching this one we came across a photo of the Green Unit aka Krutov-Larionov-Makarov-Kasatonov-Fetisov, shown above, wearing the red version of these sweaters. We have thus far been unable to locate photos of the white version, though admittedly our international library pales in comparison to our North American stock. While we are 100% certain that this jersey was game worn as described circa 1988-89 by number 10 of the Soviet National Team, and that logically would have been Pavel Bure, we won’t say with 100% certainty that this sweater was worn by Pavel without first seeing a photo of him wearing it. We’ll be overly cautious on this one and hope that the winning bidder strikes gold by finding a photo of Pavel donning this well-worn piece of Soviet history. Good Luck!