5 years ago

Although he is concerned about the NHL lockout that seems to be getting messier and messier, Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis was focusing mostly on something positive Monday -- the induction of former Canucks star Pavel Bure into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"He was the guy I grew up watching and he was so exciting because every time he touched the puck something could happen right from his first game he played," recalled Hamhuis. "It's good to see his recognition with the Hockey Hall of Fame, and it's well deserved." What about raising No. 10 to the Rogers Centre rafters? Because Bure wasn't warm and fuzzy - his contract controversies and eventual trade created a circus-like atmosphere - some simply don't want his number associated with the retired digits of Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund. Hamhuis has no doubt whether Bure's number should be raised. "I think it should," he said. "He's well deserving of it. . ."