Bure’s jersey to be retired versus Leafs, because their fans are used to drawn-out pregame ceremonies

You know how it is. It’s Saturday and the clock strikes 4pm. Eager to indulge in Canada’s national pastime, you sit down to watch Hockey Night in Canada. So ready for hockey are you that you’re even willing to endure a Maple Leafs game. And then it suddenly dawns on you that before you can, you have to endure some asinine pregame ceremony for what seems like an eternity. It’s 1967 healthy scratch commemoration night!

Well, good news and bad news. The bad news is that, when the Maple Leafs visit Vancouver this season, that game will feature a pregame ceremony. Would you expect anything less?

The good news: the ceremony is Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement, an acceptable pregame ceremony.

After announcing earlier this summer that Bure’s jersey was headed up to the rafters, the Canucks finally set a date for the special occasion, and it’s November 2nd versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s a great idea, since it allows the retirement ceremony to be watched all across the country in primetime.

More than that, Bure’s impending honour also means the sports talk radio lead-up to this game mercifully won’t be about the East Coast bias inherent in moving puck drop up three hours. Thank God for that.

If you need a reminder of just how good Pavel Bure is, here, courtesy Sunny Dhillon, is a video of him scoring five goals in 85 seconds versus the Quebec Nordiques. One of his greatest moments.

Where’s the D, Quebec? They should call you the Noriques.

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  1. Terrence
    September 6, 2013

    The video highlight above begs the question: Was Pavel’s career hindered more by the ACL injury, or when linesmen decided to start enforcing the offside rule?

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  2. tom selleck's moustache
    September 6, 2013

    “Where’s the D, Quebec? They should call you the Noriques.”

    Hilarious, I hadn’t heard that one before.

    The youtube video was pretty funny as well. I especially liked how he would goon it up after every goal; I remember doing the exact same thing EVERY time I scored.

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  3. John
    September 6, 2013

    He also scored 5 goals in one game at the ’98 Olympics. And I think ‘Offsides’ were turned on for that one, so it might be an even greater accomplishment.

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  4. Paul from YT
    September 9, 2013

    The other bonus of having the ceremony before the Leafs game vs if the Canucks were playing another team is that the CBC will air the ceremony in full.
    I find that whenever a Canucks game followed a Leafs game the Leafs manage to force OT and is the norm CBC never switched the West coast broadcast to the Canucks game and forced us to watch the Leafs like some form of corporal punishment. The same would go for when the Canucks had a pre-game presentation / ceremony and would either miss the whole thing or join in mid-ceremony…after broadcasting another Leafs loss.

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