rebecca blissett

The Russian Rocket was every kid’s hero back in the day so I told my little brother I would take a photo of him. Nobody paid much mind to the two of us kids, waiting in the rain outside the Pacific Coliseum. Pavel Bure appeared with two guards, one of whom held an umbrella over his head while the other went to fetch his car from the lot. I asked him if I could take a photo, he agreed and as I raised my Pentax K-1000 to my eye, he gave me one of my first photography lessons. He said - and I remember his accented words well because I was completely mortified - “You might want to take your lens cap off first.”

Tomorrow, Bure’s No. 10 jersey will be the fourth retired number in Canucks franchise history. He’ll be joining Stan Smyl’s #12, Trevor Linden’s #16, and Markus Naslund’s #19.