Forty-four-year-old Valeri Bure is a Russian ice hockey player who is two-time WHL all-star. He was the first Russian to play internationally in Western Hockey League or WHL. His injuries forced him to retire and he is now settled in California with his wife.
Valeri Bure and his early growing years, family, ethnicity, education
Valeri was born as Valeri Vladimirovich Bure on 13 June 1974 in Moscow, Soviet Union. His parents are Vladimir and Tatiana Bure. His father was also a sportsperson whose family had migrated to the Soviet Union from Switzerland. Vladimir was an Olympic swimmer who had won 4 medals at three Olympic Games (1968-1976). His family has a noble status since they used to serve the Russian tsars and provide them with precious watches.
Valeri’s parents separated when he was just 9. He and his father and elder brother Pavel moved to the US when his brother got a position in NHL and played for Vancouver Canucks. His father used to initially train them but after the second marriage of his father, the brothers separated from him. Valeri has a half-sister called Katya.
Valeri and his career in ice hockey
Valeri was playing for the Russian teams before he left for the US. He was 17 and joined junior hockey to play for the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. He gave a splendid play while on this League. He was drafted with the Montreal Canadiens team in 1992.
He got several appreciations for his work and the NHL Central Scouting Bureau said:
“very smart around the net; good passer, playmaker. Good shot, quick release. Will take a hit to make the play. Good competitor.”
He was named to the All-Star Team twice. His brother was a superstar and Valeri was compared with him. Valeri struggled due to his injuries. In 1998, he was traded to Calgary Flames. This boosted his play since he was nearer home. He was in the 2000 World All-Star Team.
He became a restricted free agent. He had right knee damage and needed arthroscopic surgery. He got limited time to play due to this. He played for Panthers as an offensive in 2003-2004. He retired in 2005 due to the injuries and also improper insurance cover.
Valeri Bure and his personal life, wife, children
Valeri was playing for a charity ice hockey team when Dave Coulier from Full House introduced Candace Cameron to Valeri. The couple liked each other and soon began dating. They married on 22 June 1996. The couple has three children; daughter Natasha who was born in 1998, son Lev born in 2000, and another son called Maksim who was born in 2002.
Valeri acquired American citizenship in December 2001. Valeri loves his family very much. As his injuries healed, he could have returned to ice hockey, but decided to be at home with his family. He wanted to be with his kids and be involved with their upbringing. He also wanted his wife Candace to return to acting. He has his winery in California (Napa Valley).
“I fell in love with the behind-the-scenes work and being able to start from the vineyard and put it into a bottle. It’s an amazing process.”