Valeri Bure used to play ice hockey. He is of Russian and American descent who spent a decade with the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, and Dallas Stars. He was selected 33rd overall by the Canadiens in the 1992 NHL draft, and he played for them for four seasons. Bure played his final season with the Dallas Stars in 2003 before retiring due to injury-related surgeries.

Quick info

 
Date of BirthJune 13, 1974
Age47 years old
NationalityRussian American
Father
Vladmir Bure
Mother
Tatiana Bure
Net Worth
$10 million
Ethnicity
White
Married to
Candace Cameron Bure
Children
Natasha bure, Maksim Valerievich Bure, Lev Valerievich Bure
ReligionChristian
Birth Name
Valeri Vladimirovich Bruce
Birth Place
Moscow

Early Life

Valeri Vladimirovich Bure was born in Moscow, Russia, on June 13, 1974. He was born to Vladimir Bure, father, and Tatiana Bure, mother. He has a brother, Pavel Bure, and a half-sister, Katya Bure, on his father’s side. Bure was brought to America with his father and brother Pavel, an ice hockey player when he was very young in 1991.

Valeri Bure
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The primary reason for moving to North America was Pavel’s signing with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Two months later, his mother joined them in Los Angeles, California.

 

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Professional Career

Before leaving Russia, Valeri Bure played three games as a junior for HC CSKA Moscow in the Soviet Championship League. When he first arrived in America, he was immediately drafted by the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), a year before the Canadian Hockey League, and had an import draft. Thus, he was the first Russian player in the history of the League.

Valeri was a junior player for the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL for three seasons. When he left, he was fourth on the Chiefs’ all-time scoring list, scoring 298 points for the club.

As a professional, he joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1994. In 1994/95, he played for Montreal’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Fredericton Canadiens. He stayed with the Montreal Canadiens for three more seasons, playing in the NHL until 1997/98.

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The Calgary Flames signed him, and he was transferred from the Montreal Canadiens in the middle of the season in 1997/98, and he played for the club for four seasons from 1997 to 2001.

He later became a restricted free agent, and he played for the Florida Panthers in 2001/02, 2002/03, and 2003/04. He had been injured since 2001 when he joined the Florida Panthers, and two years later, when he rejoined the club, he played on the defensive line alongside Mike Monado and Jere Lehtinen. He spent a season with the St. Louis Blues in 2002/03 and the Dallas Stars in 2003/04.

He has been an ‘unrestricted free agent’ since 2004 but did not play for a year due to the NHL season being canceled that year. He later played as a last-time professional for the Los Angeles Kings in 2005/06, but not as a regular-season player.

His entire international game came from Russia. He competed for Russia in the World Junior Championships in 1994. When his country won bronze, he was the leading scorer. Later that year, he competed in the 1994 World Championship (senior).

Valeri Bure competed in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Olympic Games. When Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic shut out the Russian team, he settled for Silver with his brother Pavel Bure.

He also represented Russia for the final time in the 2002 Salt Lake Games, Winter Olympics, despite having become an American citizen in 2001.

 

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Relationship Status

Valeri Bure has been married to Candace Cameron, an actress, since June 22, 1996. At a charity hockey game, they met and were married after two years of dating. After a year of dating, the couple became engaged.

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They have three children: Natasha, born in 1998, and two sons, Lev, born in 2000, and Maksim, born in 2001. They live in California and operate Bure Family Wines in Napa Valley.

 

Net Worth

Bure’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million as of 2019. According to the source, he received a salary of more than $22.5 million. Furthermore, his highest-earning season was 2003-2004, when the Florida Panthers paid him $3.1 million.

In 2010, he returned to the ice with Ekaterina Gordeeva to compete in the entertaining figure skating dance show Battle of the Blades. Bure donated his share of the $100,000 prize money to Compassion Canada after the couple won the show.

Candace Cameron, his wife, is also estimated to have a net worth of $10 million.

 

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