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Кубок Мира по хоккею 1996 года


Tuesday, August 27, 1996

Russia makes changes after Bure forced to sit
VANCOUVER (CP) -- Sergei Nemchinov is no Pavel Bure, but he'll do in a pinch until the Russian Rocket returns to the launch pad in the World Cup of hockey.
Nemchinov replaced the injured Bure on a line with Russian stars Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny in practice Tuesday while Bure stayed off the ice while recovering from a bruised kidney.
Russian coach Boris Mikhailov indicated a decision will be made today about Bure being retained on the Russian roster for the World Cup tournament that begins for them Thursday against Canada at GM Place.
"I have no hesitation about the diagnosis, which is good," Mikhailov said through an interpreter. "They will make the last test and (Bure) will decide for himself.
"It would be a big loss. He is a superstar."
Bure was injured Friday in Detroit when checked by American captain Brian Leetch during an exhibition game. Bure experienced extreme pain overnight and later flew to Vancouver, where he was examined Sunday by NHL team doctor Ross Davidson of the Canucks.
Davidson determined Bure will be sidelined about two weeks. The Russians must decide if it's worth keeping Bure on the roster until the second round of the tournament, or replacing him with a healthy player from the reserve list.
Bure, 25, wore a black No Fear T-shirt outside the dressing room while calmly answering questions during the 75-minute Russian practice.
"I don't remember the hit," Bure said about the Leetch body check. "It was really quick. He just hit me in the right spot.
"I finished the game and I didn't even put ice on it after the game because I felt really good. Around two o'clock I started to feel pain."
Bure had blood in his urine after the game and even kidded with teammates that he had something wrong with his kidney.
Even without Bure, the Russians figure to be a tournament favorite, along with Canada and the United State. Nemchinov is a solid player known for his checking roles in playing behind Mark Messier with the New York Rangers.
"The Russian team is pretty strong," Bure said. "They can do really well, even without me."
Bure missed most of the last NHL season after undergoing major knee surgery in November. His knee is fine now, but the kidney is another matter.
Russian officials expressed dismay when the Canucks announced Bure was out of the tournament. Any differences of opinion about Bure's condition apparently were resolved.
The Russians already are missing defenceman Vladimir Konstantinov (Achilles tendon hurt playing tennis), left-wing Valeri Kamensky (concern over free-agent status) and defenceman Alexei Gusarov (didn't report).
Russia had a 4-0-1 record in pre-tournament games, including a 4-4 overtime tie Sunday in Calgary against Canada.
"We're going to miss Pavel, big time," added centre Igor Larionov. "He was playing strong after the (knee) injury.
"But we're strong as a team and have a goal to win the championship. We're trying to bring some respect back to Russian hockey."

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