Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis believes Pavel Bure’s jersey should be going up to the rafters of Rogers Arena.
“He was the guy I grew up watching and he was so exciting because every time he touched the puck something could happen right from his first game he played,” Hamhuis told the Province. “It’s good to see his recognition with the Hockey Hall of Fame, and it’s well deserved.”
“I think it should,” Hamhuis said when asked about a jersey retirement for Bure. “He’s well deserving of it and I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.”
A report emerged last week in the Vancouver Province that Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini would be meeting Bure over dinner to discuss the franchise’s plans to retire his jersey. The Vancouver Sun refuted the report and there was no announcement at the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Is it happening or is it not? Did Jason Botchford “botch” it again just like the story about Marian Gaborik purchasing a house in Vancouver?
Given the National Hockey League lockout has wiped out two months of the season, it is likely that if the league resumes play a brand new schedule would have to be made. The Canucks could be holding off on an announcement until this new schedule is made and a date can be picked for the jersey retirement to happen.
I would expect the Canucks to ride off of the momentum from Bure’s Hall of Fame induction and do the jersey retirement this year rather than next.