Pavel Bure started playing hockey at the age of 6, and already at the age of 16, in 1988, he distinguished himself in the main team of CSKA Moscow against Dinamo Riga, scoring the first goal in the 4th minute of the match. As a part of CSKA Pavel Bure became the USSR champion and one-time silver medalist (1990), as well as a two-time winner of the IIHF European Cup (1989-1990).
In 1991 Bure started to play in NHL, as he was selected 113th overall in the sixth round of the draft by the Vancouver Canucks. He played in the NHL for twelve years – including seven All-Star Game appearances – and was awarded the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer three times.
Pavel Bure represented Russia internationally from youth hockey to the Olympic Games in 1998 and 2002, medaling in both tournaments.
As a member of the USSR/Russian national teams he became World Championship bronze medalist in 1990, European Championship silver medalist in 1990, World Junior Championship silver medalist in 1990 and 1991, and Olympic bronze medalist in 2002. In 2005/2006 Pavel Bure announced his retirement.
Pavel Bure was inducted in the IIHF Hall of Fame on 20 May 2012 and also into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on 12 November 2012. In 2014 Bure was included into the Russian and Soviet Hall of Fame. On 27 November 2015 he became the President of the "League of World Hockey Legends" Association for the Support and Development of Ice Hockey. In 2017 he was named one of the 100 Greatest Players in the NHL History. He is the Board Member and curator of the Moscow Conference of the Night Hockey League, working on amateur hockey development. In 2016 Pavel Bure joined the Supervisory Board of PHC CSKA Moscow.
Nowadays he regularly takes part in charity and masters games and tournaments and holds annual charity games in Norilsk.
In July 2021 Pavel Bure became a RIHF Special Advisor International Matters.
Pavel Bure is married and has two children.