Video: 'Russian Rocket' Pavel Bure takes his spot in Hockey Hall of Fame

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Pavel Bure was the first player to step to the podium Monday night and accept his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Vancouver Canuck, Florida Panther and New York Ranger kept his speech relatively short and sweet but that doesn't mean it wasn't strong.

Bure did the usual and thanked the people you would expect him to thank, from his parents to his brother, Valeri, and the teams he played for. It wasn't all straight-laced, though, as Bure cracked a little joke about playing with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the speech was when Bure said he didn't regret having to hang up the skates so early in his career (he was just 31 when he played his final game). He had achieved plenty in that time, obviously enough to earn this honor.

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