Pavel Bure appointed President of International Hockey League of Legends

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The issue of creating the International Hockey League of Legends under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will be discussed on May 15 in Prague within the framework of the World Championships.

Pavel Bure, a representative of the club “Hockey Legends”, is appointed the President of International Hockey League of Legends, says the “Park of Legends” press release.

The new project presentation will be held with the participation of the Russian initiative group and representatives of the Ice Hockey Federations of Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.

The League is expected to be an international ice hockey tournament, not an exhibition, for players over 45 years old who will play according to the veteran hockey competition rules. The final match is planned for the end of 2015 in Moscow at the “Arena of Legends”.

At the moment, there is an agreement on the six countries’ participation in the League: Russia, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.

The “Arena of Legends” Ice Palace will be the main facility of the sports and entertainment area “Park of Legends” and will comprise three ice arenas with a capacity of 12,100, 3,500 and 500 spectators.

The Palace meets all the requirements for international competitions.

Pavel Bure is a USSR Merited Master of Sports (1990). He spent 12 NHL seasons playing in “Vancouver Canucks”, “Florida Panthers” and “New York Rangers”. Nicknamed the “Russian Rocket” for his speed.

Totally, he played 702 matches in the regular NHL seasons scoring 779 points (437 goals and 342 passes). As for the average number of goals per match, Pavel Bure ranks fifth in the NHL history among those who scored at least 200 goals. He participated six times in All-Star matches and in 2000 Bure became NHL All-Star Game MVP.

Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union team, he won one gold and two silver medals at the World Youth Championships (in 1989, 1990 and 1991 respectively), followed by gold and silver medals of the 1990 and 1991 World Championships. After the USSR collapse he played in the Russian national team at the 1998 Olympic Games, where he won silver, and at the 2002 Olympic Games, where he got bronze.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Pavel Bure was the Russian national team general manager.

He’s an IIHF Hall of Fame member (2012). Bure was the first Russian hockey player in history whose squad number was retired.

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