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Russian Rocket blazed a trail

Updated: November 6, 2012, 1:37 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPN.com

Mike Penny was slightly surprised but not shocked that an 18-year-old Pavel Bure was still available in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL draft. Bure had an alluring reputation as one of the most dynamic rising stars in the Soviet Union, but the details and documentation of his status were murky. Had he played enough international games to be deemed draft-eligible? Was that what had deterred every other team from taking a gamble on him in the first five rounds?

But Penny, then the Vancouver ...

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