MOSCOW, September 3 (R-Sport) - Retired ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure will supervise the development of ice hockey in the Krasnodar Territory, Governor Alexander Tkachyov said on Tuesday.
Kuban, currently, the strongest ice hockey team in the territory, plays in the Russian Super League.
“I would like to share our joy with you: From now on, the legendary Pavel Bure will supervise the development of ice hockey in the Krasnodar Territory. I have asked Pavel to establish a KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) level team at the Olympic facilities in Sochi and to become general manager of all hockey teams in the territory,” Tkachyov wrote on Twitter.
He said Bure would be responsible for “all levels of the sport, including junior-league teams, the Super League and the KHL.”
“We are building ice palaces all over the territory, and we have enough teams, including the professional Kuban hockey club and amateur adult and junior-league teams. It’s high time we establish our own major hockey school in the Krasnodar Territory,” Tkachyov added.
Tkachyov said that, with Bure’s arrival, sport fans in the Krasnodar Territory would come to love hockey “just like football.”
Bure who was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame played for 12 seasons in the world’s strongest hockey league. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers. In 1994, the Vancouver Canucks, with Bure, reached the Stanley Cup finals. During that period, the Russian player played in 702 games and scored 779 points, including 437 goals and 362 assists. In 2000 he was named best player of NHL All-Star Game. In 2000 and 2001, the right winger was twice awarded the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the leading goal scorer in regular championships. Bure was rated the best rookie player during his first NHL season.
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