Canucks' Pavel Bure Jersey Retirement: Doing it Right Aesthetically

Shortly after the Vancouver Province ran a story about a Pavel Bure jersey retirement, the Vancouver Sun refuted that story saying there is no dinner between Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and Pavel Bure happening this weekend.

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The report from the Vancouver Sun says the Canucks have not commented on the story thus it is not happening. However, if I am a betting man, I would expect an announcement to come when Bure gets inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It wouldn’t be all that dramatic if it gets announced through a newspaper article, would it?

When the announcement does come and the jersey retirement happens, the Canucks ought to do it right aesthetically.

Stan Smyl’s banner at Rogers Arena has always bothered me because it is blue, green, and white—colours that he never played in.

Smyl’s career spanned from 1979 to 1991 during the infamous red-black-yellow era of the Canucks. Pavel Bure played in the same era though he did spend one season wearing the red-silver-blue orca jersey.

The banner that goes up into the rafters has to be resemble the Canucks “skate” jersey.

One longstanding tradition of jersey retirement ceremonies has been the teams wearing that player’s jersey during the ceremony and warmup. For the Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund ceremonies, the team all wore number 16 and number 19 jerseys.

It would be the biggest jersey foul if the team comes out in Bure’s jersey in its current trim and colours for the retirement ceremony. It would be a jersey win if the teams came out in the black “skate” jersey with Bure and number 10 on the back.


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