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Grant Fuhr !!!

Awards and Achievements:
4 x Stanley Cup Champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
2 x Canada Cup Gold Medalist (1984, 1987)

Vezina Trophy Winner (1988)
Jennings Trophy Winner (1994)

First Team All-Star (1988)
Second Team All-Star (1982)

Hart voting – 2nd(1988), 6th(1996)
Vezina voting – 1st(1988), 2nd(1982), 3rd(1986), 3rd(1987), 5th(1989), 6th(1984), 6th(1985), 6th(1996)

Ultimate Hockey’s “Best Goaltender” of the 1980s

Statistical Accomplishments:
Save Percentage – 6th(1986), 9th(1993), 10th(1985)

Play-off Save Percentage – 3rd(1984), 5th(1988), 6th(1985), 6th(1986), 6th(1987), 6th(1997), 8th(1989), 9th(1991), 9th(1998)

Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Grant Fuhr was the best goalie in the world in the second half of the 1980's.


For the first few years, there was a bit of goaltending power struggle in Edmonton. Fuhr and Andy Moog would split the work, but Fuhr became the go-to guy once the playoffs rolled along.

The playoffs was when Fuhr was at his best.


Fuhr's best season came in 1987-88 when he led the league in minutes played (4304), wins (40), shutouts (3.43) and then won 16 more games in the playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup. He also was named to the NHL's First All Star Team and won his only Vezina Trophy. He finished second to teammate Gretzky in voting for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

The season started with the 1987 Canada Cup. Many believe that that was the strongest Soviet national team ever assembled. Many agree that it was the greatest hockey Wayne Gretzky ever played. It also marked the emergence of Mario Lemieux as a superstar like no one before him. It was a new generation's 1972 Summit Series. It might have been the greatest hockey ever played.

And Grant Fuhr stood on his head! The Russians swarmed and swarmed but Fuhr continued to turn away shot after shot after shot. Remember right before Mario Lemieux's famous goal on a drop pass from Wayne Gretzky? There was mad scramble in front of the Canadian net, Fuhr kept the puck out. The results of the 1987 Canada Cup could very easily have been reversed had it not been for Grant Fuhr.

While Fuhr received little respect for his regular season play, he became recognized as the world's greatest goaltender because of his international play and the Stanley Cup playoffs. Spectacular sprawling saves were the norm in Edmonton during their Cup years. While most people give Gretzky and Messier the credit, it is highly unlikely the Oiler's would have been as successful as they were without the caliber of play Grant Fuhr supplied them.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Over a 10-year period, Grant Fuhr led the Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990. Without a doubt, his best year was in 1987. Fuhr was a workhorse, accumulating a league-leading 4,304 minutes played and 40 wins. He earned his sole Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender and was runner-up to teammate Wayne Gretzky for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. During the 1983-1984 season, Fuhr collected 14 points, which still stands as the single-season record for most points by a goaltender.
Originally Posted by Edmonton Oilers Heritage website
Grant Fuhr is one of the best clutch goaltenders in the history of the game. However, any modern fan who looks at Fuhr's career numbers may wonder about his ability: a career 3.38 goal against average and 25 career shutouts over 19 seasons do not seem like such great goaltending numbers.

Fuhr’s glory years came at the height of what some pundits called the "Air Hockey Years" of the 1980s. The Oilers’ run-and-gun style, which saw them score over 400 goals a season, created an offensive revolution in the game. In 1983-84, the Oilers’ first championship season, 13 of the NHL’s 21 teams scored more than 300 goals in the regular season. In the 21st century, none of the NHL’s 30 teams even got close to the 300-goal mark.

Because of the rise of end-to-end hockey, goalies were constantly under duress. Shutouts were rare, and a goalie could be outstanding and still allow four goals in a night. The real measure of Fuhr’s importance to the Oilers comes by simply looking at his career win totals, which include 403 regular-season triumphs and an amazing 92 career playoff wins. Most of the career victories came by playing for the team he cheered for as a boy growing up in Spruce Grove, Alberta. His recognition as a great goaltender also includes five Stanley Cup rings, three-time representative of Canada Cup tournaments, and goaltender for the NHL in the famous ’87 Rendezvous tournament, which pitted the League’s all-stars against the Soviets.
Originally Posted by The Puck Stops Here
Grant Fuhr has been called hockey's premier goalie - and he had better be if Edmonton is to win another Cup.
Originally Posted by Wayne Gretzky
Grant Fuhr is the best goaltender who ever played the game, there's no question of that. Don't forget, the shots are harder and faster now, and Grant makes saves on reflexes that no other goaltender could make.
Originally Posted by Jacques Demers
We've always said that Grant Fuhr is the best goaltender in the NHL and he proved it again last night. He always seems to come up with the key saves that seems to get the team up. The other night he made three big saves, outstanding saves. In the big games, the low-scoring games, 1-0, 2-1, that's when he's at his best.
Originally Posted by Mike Keenan
Goaltending was the difference. The man again was Fuhr. He stopped two breakaways, made the key saves in the first period to keep them in it.
Originally Posted by Ron Lowe
Grant reads the game as well as any goalie that has ever played. His goals-against average will never be the best. He'll give up the occasional soft goal. But in the big moment, for the big save, he's 95 percent unbeatable. Under pressure, there is none finer. He proved in the Canada Cup that he is the finest goaltender in the world.
Originally Posted by Barry Pederson
Bar none, Grant Fuhr is the best goalie in the league. He has the fastest reflexes. Sometimes his concentration might drift during inconsequential games. But in the big-money games Fuhr is the best. He's the Cup goalie. It's sure not by luck.
Originally Posted by The Palm Beach Post - May 11th, 1984
Edmonton's victory was built around a surprisingly staunch defense and the sensational goal-tending of Fuhr, who outperformed his more celebrated counterpart in the Islanders' net, Billy Smith. Fuhr - who did not play against the Islanders in New York's sweep of last year's finals - orchestrated the victory with catlike quickness.
Originally Posted by Los Angeles Times - January 19th, 1989
Grant Fuhr, generally recognized as the game's best goaltender, was injured in a second-period collision and was carried off the ice on a stretcher.
Originally Posted by USA Today - Apr 11th, 1989
...this is the time of year when Grant Fuhr flourishes. He loves the pressure. That's why he's the best playoff goaltender in the league.
Originally Posted by The Toronto Star - May 12th, 1992
The best goaltender in pro hockey for a decade, [Grant Fuhr] spent the past winter toiling with little glory as the Leafs completed another NHL season without seeing the playoffs. But when Fuhr was the backbone of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty he was also busy honing his skills in the favorite pastime of idle hockey players - golf.

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