#31 GRANT FUHR

Selected by Edmonton Oilers in Round 1
#8 overall 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

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BIOGRAPHY

Grant Fuhr in depth

OILERS DYNASTY ERA

The dynasty that builds legends

NHL CAREER STATS

Grant Fuhr’s career stats

TODAY

What Grant is involved in today

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Born on September 28, 1962, Grant Fuhr began his illustrious hockey career as a goaltender in the junior WHL league for the Victoria Cougars. His two seasons as goalie were marked by huge successes, as he helped lead the team to winning the league championship and taking them to the 1981 Memorial Cup that hosts a tournament for the top teams of each junior league. During these seasons, Grant Fuhr posted remarkable stats, boasting an overall combined record of 78 wins, 21 losses and only 1 tie. Within that span of 100 games, Grant Fuhr managed to make 1,899 saves, while only allowing an average of 3.14 goals per game in the first season and 2.78 in the second. His save percentage was over an astonishing 90 percent for each season. Upon entering the 1981 NHL Entry Draft at 19, Grant Fuhr was drafted at an overall placement of 8th by the Edmonton Oilers, through which he would immediately begin building his insurmountable legacy.

DRAFTED BY GLEN SATHER

When Grant Fuhr was drafted by Glen Slather and the Edmonton Oilers, he quickly joined the ranks among the top goalies in the league. With Wayne Gretzky providing scoring power, Grant Fuhr was left to keep the other team from scoring, a job he did extremely well. In just his first season with the Oilers, he played a total of 48 games and allowed only 157 goals. During those games, the team amassed a record of 28 wins, 5 losses and 14 ties, which sent Grant Fuhr and the Edmonton Oilers to the playoffs, where he played in 5 games. Throughout his first year and the years to follow, Grant Fuhr would divide his playing time with that of Andy Moog. Despite this, it was Fuhr that was known as the most dependable goalie on the team, particularly when it came to playoff time. In his first 3 pro seasons, he recorded well over 3,500 saves, which averaged out to a save percentage of more than 85 percent in each of the 3 seasons.

The terrific tandem of goalies of Andy Moog and Grant Fuhr, as well as the scoring of Wayne Gretzky, allowed the Edmonton Oilers to go on a Stanley Cup run unlike any other, as the Oilers ended up winning 4 Stanley Cups within 5 years, with the first coming in the 1983-84 season, Fuhr’s 3rd season in the league. Throughout that all-important 3rd season of his career, Grant Fuhr played at an extremely high level, playing in 45 games and recording stats of 1292 saves, which calculates to just over 88 percent save percentage. While his play during the regular season was as spectacular as always, the Oilers soon found out that Grant Fuhr thrived during playoff situations, as he lead the Oilers to an overall record of 11 wins and 4 losses, culminating in obtaining the Stanley Cup. During this span, Fuhr only allowed 44 goals and had a high save percentage of 91 percent. It was also during this season that Fuhr joined the NHL record-book, by recording the most assists by a goaltender during a single season at 14.

DOMINANCE OF THE OILERS

The culmination of the 1983-84 season sparked the beginning of the dominance of the Edmonton Oilers team over the next five years, with Grant Fuhr as one of the key components. 1984 also marked the first year that he would be invited to the National Hockey League All-Star Game. He would go on to play in the all-star game in 4 out of the next 5 seasons. The 1984-85 season was the year in which Grant Fuhr saw big improvements in his game. He only allowed 165 goals in 46 games and had a save percentage of 88 as he led the team to a 26 win, 8 loss and 7 tie record, once again helping to bolster the team to their second straight deep run in the playoffs. Once the playoffs arrived, Fuhr and his teammates began to play at an impossibly high level, with Fuhr being tasked with the starting job during 18 of their playoff games, sporting a 15 win, 3 loss record that allowed the Edmonton Oilers to gain their second Stanley Cup trophy in as many years. During this span of games, Grant Fuhr only allowed 55 goals with a save percentage of nearly 90 percent. Grant Fuhr displayed his knack at consistency yet again once the 1985-86 season rolled around, allowing a mere 143 goals in 40 games. With 1153 total saves throughout the season, he was able to improve his save percentage from 88 to 89 percent, displaying to the rival teams that he and the Edmonton Oilers weren’t going anywhere. Despite the fact that the Edmonton Oilers were ousted in the playoffs against the Calgary Flames, Grant Fuhr was playing better than ever. As a starter in 9 games during that period, Fuhr merely allowed 28 goals and had a save percentage of 90 percent. Despite these great stats, the Edmonton Oilers streak of 2 Stanley Cup wins in a row came to an end.

BEST HOCKEY SEASONS

The following 2 seasons were to be some of the very best of Grant Fuhr’s career, both capped by amazing playoff runs. During his 44 starts, the Edmonton Oilers won 22 games, lost 13 and tied 3 others, with Fuhr having over 1,000 saves for the fourth straight season. Even though the regular season record by the Oilers was not the best, they, propelled by Gretzky and Fuhr, displayed yet again why they were the most formidable team in the league come playoff time. It was during this playoff run that the team returned to its winning ways by obtaining the Stanley Cup for the third time in 4 years, as Grant Fuhr led the team to a 14-5 record in the 19 games in which he started, accumulating a save percentage of 91 percent.

While the 1986-87 season was a return to the Oilers winning form, the 1987-88 season was the best of Fuhr’s career, and likely one of the greatest single seasons ever for an NHL team. The season began with the 1987 Canada Cup, in which Grant Fuhr lead the Canadian team to a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties in a thrilling victory over what many considered to be an unbeatable Russia team.

FINAL SEASONS

Following the 1990-91 season, in which Grant Fuhr delivered more than respectable stats, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After playing there for a little over 1 year, he was traded again to the Buffalo Sabres and was the primary reason that the team won the first round in the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, where he allowed 27 goals in 8 games as starter, with a save percentage of nearly 88 percent. After being traded a couple more times, Grant Fuhr landed on the St. Louis Blues and played four inspired seasons at an extremely high level, playing over 70 games in 2 consecutive seasons and helping the team win a number of playoff games, while averaging a 90 percent save percentage in all four seasons. Grant Fuhr’s final playing season was that of 1999-2000, where he announced his retirement after playing 23 games that season, shortly after earning a milestone 400th win.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Grant Fuhr’s 20-year career was filled with highlights, and fittingly, in his first year of eligibility, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 2, 2003, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and an indispensable portion of the Edmonton Oilers legacy.

TODAY

More than a decade after hanging up his skates, Grant Fuhr hasn’t stopped with his athletic pursuits. Long an avid golfer, the retired former professional hockey player has switched from the ice to the links and from all indications, he’s likely to approach the same success in his post-hockey ambitions. In 2005, Fuhr not only participated in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Canada sponsored Mercedes Trophy Golf World Final, he emerged victorious, bettering 69 other talented golfers. Demonstrating the same ultra-competitiveness and athletic skills that served him admirably in hockey rinks worldwide, the retired former professional hockey player has left little or no doubt that he may possibly be the best hockey player to pick up a set of golf clubs.

 

Fuhr has also been very active in charity work, participating and serving as host for such events as the Arthritis Society of Canada, Lupus Canada and the popular Celebs for Kids charity functions. The legendary Hall of Famer is also a fan favorite at sports memorabilia events, especially among Edmonton Oiler fans as well as hockey fans in general. These events are always huge draws, and as a major contributor to the 1980’s Edmonton dynasty, the lines of people waiting to meet and greet the retired former professional hockey player are lengthy. Grant is currently working on expanding his charity and business opportunities by expanding his marketing program. This was kicked off by a media blitz during a recent Toronto visit which also included a lunch with the Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Norm Kelly.