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Grant Fuhr
Selected in first round
No. 8 overall by Edmonton Oilers

Born September 28, 1962
Position: Goaltender
Height: 5-10   Weight: 185
Last Team: Victoria (WHL)                                
Birthplace: Spruce Grove, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alberta
Year TeamLeague GPW-L-T GAASO SV%
1978-79 Sherwood ParkAJHL ---- ---- --
1979-80 VictoriaWHL 4330-12-0 3.142 .911
1980-81 VictoriaWHL 5948-09-1 2.784 .908

WHL Top Goaltender:
1980-81 (Victoria)
WHL Rookie of Year: 1979-80 (Victoria)
WHL All-Star First Team: 1979-80, 1980-81 (Victoria)
WHL Goals-Against Average Leader: 1980-81 (Victoria) (2.78 GAA)
WHL Shutouts Leader: 1980-81 (Victoria) (4 shutouts)
WHL Minutes Leader: 1980-81 (Victoria) (3,448 minutes)
WHL Playoffs GAA Leader: 1981 (Victoria) (3.00)
WHL Playoffs Shutouts Leader: 1981 (Victoria) (1 shutout)
Memorial Cup Losses Leader: 1981 (Victoria) (3 losses)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 10 overall prospect, No. 1 overall goaltender prospect and No. 1 WHL goaltender prospect for the 1981 NHL draft. ... Coached and mentored by Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall during his minor-hockey career in Alberta.
Debut: October 14, 1981 (Winnipeg at Edmonton)
Numbers:  1, 31 (number retired) (Edmonton); 31 (Toronto); 31 (Buff.); 31 (Los Angeles); 31 (St. Louis); 31 (Calgary)
Stanley Cup: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
Playing Status: Retired September 6, 2000
YearsTeams GP W-L-TGAA SOSV%
1981-2000 EDM, TOR, BUF,
868 403-295-1143.38 25.887
YearsTeams GPW-L GAA SOSV%
1982-1999 EDM, BUF, STL150 92-502.926 n/a

Inducted 2003
Vezina Trophy: 1987-88 (Edmonton)
Jennings Trophy: 1993-94 (Buffalo) (co-winner with Dominik Hasek)
NHL All-Star First Team: 1987-88 (Edmonton)
Sporting News All-Star First Team: 1987-88 (Edmonton)
NHL All-Star Second Team: 1981-82 (Edmonton)
Sporting News All-Star Second Team: 1981-82, 1985-86 (Edm.)
All-Star Game: 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 (Edmonton)
All-Star Game MVP: 1986 (Edmonton)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1983 (Edmonton)
Edmonton Rookie of Year: 1981-82
Toronto Molson Cup (Three-Stars Leader): 1991-92
St. Louis Player of Year: 1995-96
NHL Records: Most games played by a goaltender in one season (79 for St. Louis in 1995-96), most consecutive starts by a goaltender in one season (76 for St. Louis in 1995-96), most assists by a goaltender in one season (14 for Edmonton in 1983-84), most points by a goalie in one season (14 for Edmonton in 1983-84), most victories by a goalie in one playoff year (16 for Edmonton in 1988, shares record), longest undefeated streak by a rookie goaltender (23 games for Edmonton from Oct. 21, 1981, through Jan. 13, 1982), most penalty shots faced in one playoff year and series (2 for Edmonton vs. Philadelphia in 1985 Stanley Cup Finals), most penalty shots stopped in one playoff year and series (2 for Edmonton vs. Philadelphia in 1985 Stanley Cup Finals), most games played by a goaltender, combined regular-season and playoffs (94 for Edmonton in 1987-88)
Edmonton Records: Most career wins (226), most career ties (54), most consecutive complete games by a goalie (20 from Dec. 22, 1987, through Feb. 3, 1988, shares record), most games played by a goalie in one season (75 in 1987-88), most wins by a goalie in one season (40 in 1987-88), most career playoff games played by a goaltender (111), most career playoff wins (74), most career playoff losses (32), most career playoff goals allowed (330), most career goals allowed (1,470), most career playoff minutes played by a goalie (6,528), most consecutive complete games by a goalie (51 from April 12, 1986, through April 15, 1989), most minutes played by a goalie in a season (4,304 in 1987-88), most assists by a goalie in one season (14 in 1983-84), most points by a goaltender in one season (14 in 1983-84), most wins by a goalie in one playoff year (16 in 1988, shares record), most consecutive games played by a goalie in a playoff year (18 from April 6, 1988, through May 26, 1988), longest undefeated streak by a goalie (23 games from Oct. 21, 1981, through Jan. 13, 1982), longest undefeated streak by a rookie goalie (23 games from Oct. 21, 1981, through Jan. 13, 1982), most consecutive playoff wins by a goalie in one playoff year (9 from April 10, 1985, through May 7, 1985), most penalty shots faced in one playoff year and series (2 vs. Philadelphia in 1985 Stanley Cup Finals), most penalty shots stopped in one playoff year and series (2 vs. Philadelphia in 1985 Stanley Cup Finals), most assists by a goaltender in one playoff game (2 vs. Los Angeles on April 22, 1991), most assists by a goaltender in one period of one playoff game (2 in third period vs. Los Angeles on April 22, 1991).
St. Louis Records: Most games played by a goaltender in one season (79 in 1995-96), most minutes played by a goaltender in one season (4,365 in 1995-96)
NHL Shutouts Leader: 1987-88 (Edmonton) (4 shutouts)
NHL Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1987-88 (Edmonton) (75 GP), 1995-96 (St. Louis) (79 GP)
NHL Minutes Leader: 1987-88 (Edmonton) (4,304 minutes)
NHL Shots-Faced Leader: 1995-96 (St. Louis) (2,157 shots)
NHL Saves Leader: 1995-96 (St. Louis) (1,948 saves)
NHL Wins Leader: 1983-84 (Edm.) (30), 1987-88 (Edm.) (40)
NHL Playoffs Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1985 (Edmonton) (18 games), 1988 (Edmonton) (19 games)
NHL Playoffs Minutes Leader: 1988 (Edmonton) (1,136 minutes)
NHL Playoffs Wins Leader: 1985 (Edmonton) (15 wins), 1988 (Edmonton) (16 wins)
Coaching Career: Named Calgary goaltending consultant on Sept. 6, 2000, and remained in that position through 2001-02 season. ... Named Phoenix goaltending coach on July 22, 2004.
Miscellaneous: Ranked by The Hockey News in 1997 as the 70th greatest NHL player of all time. ... Was represented by agent Bill Watters when he signed his first NHL contract with Edmonton in September 1981. The contract was a 3-year deal plus an option year at $70,000 per season and a $60,000 signing bonus. It also included bonuses based on the number of games Fuhr won in each season. ... Wore Nos. 35 and 32 in Edmonton's 1981 training camp. ... Lost his NHL debut, but did not lose another game after that until Jan. 16, 1982, at Toronto. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with partially separated right shoulder, an injury suffered in December 1981. The injury required off-season surgery during the summer of 1982. ... Had assist on Wayne Gretzky's 50th goal of 1981-82 season on Dec. 30, 1981, vs. Philadelphia, as Gretzky reached 50 goals in a record 39 games. ... Was runner-up to Billy Smith for 1981-82 Vezina Trophy. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with strained ligaments in left knee, suffered during Edmonton's Dec. 13, 1983, game vs. Hartford. The injury required surgery. ... Broke previous NHL record for assists by a goalie in one season when he recorded his ninth assist of the 1983-84 season during Edmonton's Jan. 27, 1984, game vs. New Jersey. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with separated shoulder, suffered in February 1985. ... Set NHL and Edmonton records (since broken) for wins by a goaltender in one playoff season with 15 in 1985. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with bruised left shoulder, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Nov. 3, 1985, game vs. Toronto. ... Finished third in voting for 1985-86 Vezina Trophy. ... Finished third in voting for 1986-87 Vezina Trophy. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with bruised left shoulder, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Nov. 1, 1987, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Set NHL single-season record (since broken) for games played by a goaltender in one season with 75 in 1987-88. He broke Bernie Parent's previous record of 73 games when he started Edmonton's March 30, 1988, game vs. Minnesota. ... Set Edmonton single-season record (since broken) for shutouts with four in 1987-88. ... Set Edmonton record (since broken) for longest shutout streak by a goaltender with 124:26 from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, 1987. ... Was goalie for Edmonton in would-be Game 4 of Stanley Cup Finals at Boston on May 24, 1988, when the lights went out in Boston Garden. Due to the power failure, the game was suspended at 16:37 of second period and never resumed, but all statistics counted in Stanley Cup Finals totals. ... Became first goalie in NHL history to win 16 playoff games when he achieved feat with Edmonton in 1988. ... Missed part of Edmonton's 1988 training camp and start of 1988-89 season with knee injury, suffered in September 1988. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with cervical neck strain, an injury suffered when he was hit on the shoulder by Andrew McBain's stick during Edmonton's Jan. 18, 1989, game at Winnipeg. ... Voted by fans as Campbell Conference starting goaltender for 1989 NHL All-Star Game. ... Named NHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 5, 1989. ... Missed start of 1989-90 season while recovering from appendectomy, performed on Sept. 14, 1989. ... Missed nearly half of 1989-90 season with left shoulder injury, suffered during Edmonton's Dec. 16, 1989, game at St. Louis. The injury required reconstructive surgery on Dec. 27, 1989, and Fuhr did not return to action until Edmonton's March 3, 1990, game vs. Philadelphia. He later re-injured the shoulder during Edmonton's March 13, 1990, game at Quebec, and saw limited action for balance of regular-season. ... Was on Edmonton team that won 1990 Stanley Cup, but did not appear in playoffs due to left shoulder injury. ... Returned to Edmonton lineup after four-month drug-related suspension on Feb. 18, 1991, having not played for the Oilers in nearly 11 months. ... Left Edmonton with career records (since broken) for games played by a goaltender (423), minutes played by a goaltender (23,910), shutouts (9), and losses (117). ... Missed parts of 1991-92 season with sprained thumb, an injury suffered during Toronto's Oct. 17, 1991, game at Calgary, with pulled groin, an injury suffered during Toronto's Nov. 12, 1991, game at Minnesota, and with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Toronto's Feb. 11, 1992, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Toronto's Oct. 20, 1992, game vs. Ottawa. The injury required arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 22, 1992. ... Missed parts of 1992-93 season with strained shoulder, an injury suffered during Toronto's Dec. 5, 1992, game vs. Chicago, and with bruised shoulder muscle, an injury suffered during Toronto's Jan. 17, 1993, game at Chicago. ... Won first game in a Buffalo uniform, making 26 saves in a 3-2 win vs. Hartford on Feb. 3, 1993. ... Named Buffalo Player of Month for March 1993. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with left knee injury, suffered in Buffalo's Nov. 24, 1993, game vs. New Jersey. The injury required arthroscopic surgery on Dec. 22, 1993, and he did not return to action until Buffalo's Feb. 2, 1994, game at New Jersey. ... Signed with St. Louis as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 11, 1995. ... Won his 300th NHL game for St. Louis on Nov. 30, 1995, at Winnipeg. ... Broke Ed Johnston's 32-year-old NHL record of 70 consecutive starts in a season by starting 76 consecutive games in 1995-96. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with knee injury, suffered during St. Louis' March 31, 1996, game at Detroit. ... Missed remainder of 1996 playoffs with torn ACL and MCL in right knee, suffered when he collided with Nick Kypreos during Game 2 of St. Louis' first-round series at Toronto on April 18, 1996. The injury required surgery on April 27, 1996. ... Missed parts of 1997-98 season with sore arm, an injury suffered during St. Louis' Nov. 6, 1997, game at Chicago, and with strained ligaments and torn cartilage in right knee, an injury suffered during St. Louis' Feb. 26, 1998, game at San Jose. The knee injury required surgery on Feb. 28, 1998. ... Missed one game in 1997-98 season with bruised knee, suffered during St. Louis' April 12, 1998, game at Dallas. ... Missed parts of 1998-99 season with strained right knee, an injury suffered in St. Louis' Oct. 16, 1998, game at Detroit, and with strained groin, suffered during St. Louis' Nov. 7, 1998, game at San Jose. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season while recovering from Feb. 6, 1999, arthroscopic surgery on right knee. He did not return to action until St. Louis' March 13, 1999, game vs. Edmonton. ... Won his 400th NHL game for Calgary on Oct. 22, 1999, at Florida. ... Missed parts of 1999-00 season with right knee injury, suffered in Calgary's practice on Dec. 20, 1999, and re-injured in Calgary's practice on Feb. 2, 2000. ... Retired at age 37 in September 2000 because he felt he could no longer play on his right knee without risking irreparable damage. ... Ranked sixth on NHL's all-time wins list at time of his retirement. ... Edmonton retired Fuhr's No. 31 on Oct. 9, 2003.
Hockey's First Black Superstar: When Fuhr broke into the NHL in 1981, he became an instant media sensation in a league which had never had a black star, let alone superstar. Considerable attention focused on Fuhr's racial background, although his socio-economic background was actually quite similar to that of other NHL stars. Given up for adoption as a 13-day-old baby, Fuhr, who had one black and one white biological parent, was raised by a white couple in the Edmonton suburbs and began playing goal in Spruce Grove, Alberta, as a 6-year-old. Nevertheless, Fuhr broke down all kinds of barriers for black players during his NHL career. In 1982, he became the first black player to play in an NHL All-Star Game. In 1984, he became the first black player to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. In 1988, he became the first black player to win an major NHL award (Vezina). And in 2003, Fuhr became the first black player to gain entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition, Fuhr inspired a generation of young black players, including goaltender Fred Brathwaite, who idolized Fuhr as a youngster. Brathwaite later got Fuhr's permission to wear No. 31 when he joined the Oilers in 1993. Another future NHL star, Jarome Iginla, also idolized Fuhr while growing up in Edmonton.
The Staged "Retirement": Fuhr and his agent, Rich Winter, made headlines during the summer of 1989 because of a protracted and bizarre dispute with Edmonton general manager Glen Sather. Winter and Sather had long disliked each other, dating back to Fuhr's 1987 contract negotiations in which the two engaged in a shoving match. By 1989, Winter was accusing the Oilers of cheating their players by trading Wayne Gretzky so that none of them could earn their projected bonus money for the 1988-89 season (i.e. the team would be unable to win the Stanley Cup without Gretzky). Winter and Sather were already arguing over the contract for another Winter client, Esa Tikkanen, when Winter announced that Fuhr was considering retirement if the NHL and Oilers did not agree to a special waiver of the league's rules on licensing rights. Winter had cut a reported five-year deal with the Pepsi-Cola Company that called for Fuhr to wear the Pepsi logo on his pads, beginning in the 1989-90 season. The NHL strictly prohibited players from selling advertising space on their equipment. Winter told the Oilers that Fuhr would retire if he was not allowed to wear the Pepsi logo. On June 8, 1989, Fuhr presented signed retirement papers to Sather, which, if filed with the NHL, would rule Fuhr out of the 1989-90 season. Convinced the retirement was nothing more than a negotiating ploy -- because Fuhr had asked the papers be held in trust until further notice -- Sather waited until training camp to see if Fuhr was really serious about quitting hockey. Event though five year's remained on Fuhr's contract, Fuhr and Winter vowed that Fuhr would not report to training camp unless he could wear the Pepsi logo. The goalie said he would rather sell cars at an Edmonton-area dealership than play under licensing restrictions. Fuhr claimed that he was trying to win a victory for players' rights, but others were sure that Winter had orchestrated everything to force a renegotiation of Fuhr's long-term contract in exchange for which Winter would drop the logo request. This was the same contract Winter had begrudgingly advised his client to sign two years earlier. When signed, the deal was thought to be worth $500,000 per year, but turned out to be worth closer to $400,000 per year. There was also speculation that Winter hoped to force a trade to Detroit, which was willing to pay Fuhr more than he was earning in Edmonton. Fed up with Winter, Sather cut off his Fuhr talks with the agent, making Fuhr's status for 1989-90 even more uncertain. As media criticism of Winter mounted, and as he acknowledged he really didn't want to retire, Fuhr shifted his legal work to Edmonton attorney Ramon McKall in an effort to get out of his Oilers contract. The situation was finally resolved in a two-hour meeting between Fuhr and Sather on Aug. 24, 1989. Following that meeting, Fuhr announced he was not going to retire and would report to Edmonton's training camp as scheduled. He had no trouble walking away from the Pepsi deal, either, and said he was surprised to find out that the NHL, rather than the Oilers, was responsible for his not being allowed to put the logo on his pads. Winter still argued that the NHL did not have the right to ban the Pepsi pads, but his client had already lost interest in the arrangement. Some years later, Fuhr would drop Winter as his agent, saying he was uncomfortable with Winter's negotiating tactics.
Fuhr's Drug Suspension: On Sept. 27, 1990, the NHL suspended Fuhr for one year (later reduced to four months) as a result of his having admitted to using cocaine earlier in his career. The entire story came to light in the Edmonton Journal's Aug. 31, 1990, issue, in which Fuhr admitted he had abused a controlled substance for seven years. Fuhr never used the word "cocaine," but the media immediately began reporting that this was his drug of choice. Earlier in the month, Fuhr had entered a drug treatment center in St. Petersburg, Fla., because he had failed an unreported drug test. Fuhr granted the Journal interview because he said he was clean for the first time in seven years and was willing to acknowledge why he had gone to Florida just weeks before the start of the 1990-91 season. Fuhr explained that he had been using the "substance" since 1983 or 1984, and had used it on binges once every three to four weeks. He also said he had repeatedly lied to Edmonton general manager Glen Sather when questioned about possible drug use. At one point, Fuhr denied drug use to a Sports Illustrated reporter in a May 1986 story that accused five unnamed Edmonton player of using cocaine. His problem was severe enough that Fuhr's ex-wife, Corrine, helped the Journal break its story out of concern for Fuhr's health. Corrine Fuhr said her ex-husband had been using cocaine as early as 1983 and that during Stanley Cup runs, the Fuhrs were receiving phone calls from angry drug dealers demanding payment. In addition, Fuhr missed Edmonton's Oct. 14, 1988, flight to Calgary because he was on a drug binge. Fuhr flew to Calgary and had a confrontation with Sather, who by this time already knew Fuhr was using drugs. Although Fuhr admitted to his years of drug use, he said his ex-wife's stories were exaggerated. However, she was not alone in telling stories about Fuhr's past. Edmonton teammate Esa Tikkanen said he once saw Fuhr receive a bag of cocaine from a dealer and was fully aware of Fuhr's addiction. After Fuhr's drug problem became publicized, the NHL immediately reacted to Fuhr's public admission by scheduling a Sept. 26, 1990, hearing on the matter. Fuhr was allowed to attend the Oilers' training camp in the weeks prior to the hearing, but was banned from playing in preseason games. The NHL had a no-tolerance drug policy, dating back to cases involving Don Murdoch, Ric Nattress, Borje Salming and Bob Probert, that insisted players who used illegal drugs would face automatic suspensions. On Sept. 27, 1990, following a hearing, the NHL announced that Fuhr would be suspended one year. It was the second-longest drug-related suspension in NHL history. Fuhr was extremely contrite and apologetic, and the suspension was later reduced to four months under a clause which said that Fuhr would only have to miss 60 NHL games if he stayed clean. On Feb. 4, 1991, NHL president John Ziegler held another hearing and ruled that Fuhr could return for Edmonton's 60th game of the 1990-91 season. Fuhr was allowed to immediately rejoin Edmonton's practices and to play for Cape Breton (AHL) so that he could get himself into shape for his return. In Fuhr's first game back with Edmonton, he showed no sign of rust with 27 saves to shut out New Jersey 4-0 on the road. The Fuhr case ultimately led to a re-examination of the NHL's drug policy, with lighter suspensions for players who came forward, admitted drug problems and checked themselves into a rehabilitation program.
Fuhr Exits Edmonton: With Bill Ranford coming off a dominant 1991 Canada Cup performance, the handwriting was on the wall for Fuhr during Edmonton's 1991 training camp. Toronto had been pushing for a trade all summer, and although Edmonton general manager Glen Sather initially rejected the idea, he ended up packaging Fuhr with perpetually disgruntled winger Glenn Anderson in a deal with the Maple Leafs. The deal enabled Edmonton to obtain rising star Vincent Damphousse and replace Fuhr as backup goalie with Peter Ing.
Post-Draft Teams: Moncton (AHL); Cape Breton (AHL); Rochester (AHL); Saint John (AHL)
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987
Canada Cup: 1984 (first place), 1987 (first place)
World Championships: 1989 (silver medal)
Canada Cup All-Star First Team:
Miscellaneous: Demoted by Edmonton to Moncton (AHL) on Jan. 25, 1983, as a result of poor performance during his second NHL season in 1982-83. He was not recalled to Edmonton until mid-February 1983. ... Missed part of 1984 Canada Cup tournament with shoulder injury. ... Sent to Cape Breton (AHL) on Oct. 23, 1989, for two-game minor-league conditioning stint as he came back from his appendectomy. ... Joined Cape Breton (AHL) for four-game conditioning stint in February 1991 as he returned from four-month NHL suspension. ...  Sent by Calgary to Saint John (AHL) for two-game conditioning stint on Jan. 27, 2000, as he recovered from right knee injury. ... An outstanding golfer, he missed cut at 1989 Alberta Amateur Golf Championship by six strokes. ... Invested in automobile dealership in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, during his playing days. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work as honorary chairman of Edmonton's Rick Hansen Centre (since renamed The Steadward Centre). ... Joined Celebrity Players golf tour after retirement, ranking 12th on the tour's 2001 money list and winning a total of more than $125,000 from 2001 to 2003. Finished in the top 12 overall in 2001 and in the top 20 overall in 2002. Started nine tournaments in 2002 and finished in the top 20 six times. Finished first overall among current and former NHL players in first annual NHL Drive Fore the Goal event at 2003 FleetBoston Classic. Fuhr was 4-over through the 36-hole tournament and beat Ben Clymer by two strokes.
Personal: Nicknamed "Cocoa." ... Full name is Grant S. Fuhr.
TRADE: Edmonton traded Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube to Toronto for Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Scott Thornton, Luke Richardson and future considerations on September 19, 1991.

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