Pavel Bure

The two-time Olympic medalist noted that Kirill Kaprizov showed serious progress in the current regular season of the National Hockey League

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Pavel Bure

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Kirill Kaprizov is one of the best among the Russians in the NHL according to the results of the regular season, Pavel Bure, a two-time Olympic medalist and former NHL hockey player for the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers, told RBC Sport.

“Kirill had a very good season, he looked great, scored a lot of points. This year he has progressed powerfully, showed class. Absolutely deserved such a high position in the list of scorers this season, I hope that he will also perform brightly in the playoffs. Definitely, [он] one of the best Russians this season in the NHL,” Bure said.

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Kaprizov became the first player in Minnesota history to break 100 points in a single regular season. Together with him, the team made the playoffs for the second year in a row, and without him, they did not qualify for the Stanley Cup for two years.

Kaprizov is the most productive among Russians according to the results of the last regular season. Only he was able to overcome the mark of 100 points – 47 goals plus 61 assists. With 108 points, he was in fifth place on the list of the NHL’s top scorers.

Before Kaprizov, only six Russian hockey players scored 100 points in one regular season – Ovechkin (four times), Malkin (three times), Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Sergey Fedorov and Nikita Kucherov (all twice).

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In July last year, Bure was appointed special representative of the FHR for international affairs. In September, he was elected to the board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Bure is the world champion (1990), silver (1998) and bronze (2002) medalist of the Olympic Games. During his playing career, he played for CSKA, Vancouver, Florida and the Rangers. His last professional season was 2002/03. The hockey player announced his retirement in November 2005. In 2006, he worked as the general manager of the Russian team at the Olympics in Turin (fourth place).

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