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HOW IT ALL BEGAN
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
BEST HOCKEY SEASONS
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.
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.
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.