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On This Day in Edmonton Oilers History: Grant Fuhr’s Jersey Retirement

The history of goaltending in Edmonton Oilers past is full of legends and duds alike. There were stars like Bill Ranford, Curtis Joseph, Tommy Salo, and Dwayne Roloson as well as the more forgettable Mike Morrison, Tyler Bunz, Bob Dupuis, and Steve Passmore. At the top of the legends list has to be the one and only Grant Fuhr, today was the day back in 2003 that the Edmonton Oilers retired his number to the rafters officially.

I can remember that night like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful ceremony that started with Grant in the net as if he had never left the spot. He did his lap and then the number went up.

It’s a great time to look back and admire a man who helped put the Oilers on the map during those years. He was the stalworth in the net behind one of the greatest offensive juggernauts the NHL will ever see. In the same year (2003) Fuhr was given the distinction of being added to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

FUHR’S CAREER AT A GLANCE

Season Team Lge GP A PIM Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct GP A PIM
1979-80 Victoria Cougars WHL 43 1 2 2488 130 0 2 3.14 30 12 0 1325 0.911 8 0 0
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 59 2 6 3448 160 0 4 2.78 48 9 1 1574 0.908 15 1 0
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 6 6 2847 157 2 0 3.31 28 5 14 1392 0.899 5 1 0
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 32 0 6 1803 129 4 0 4.29 13 12 5 845 0.868 1 0 0
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 10 0 0 604 40 0 0 3.98 4 5 1 288 0.878
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 14 6 2625 171 0 1 3.91 30 10 4 1292 0.883 16 3 4
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 3 6 2559 165 1 1 3.87 26 8 7 1261 0.884 18 3 2
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 2 0 2184 143 0 0 3.93 29 8 0 1153 0.890 9 1 0
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 2 6 2388 137 1 0 3.44 22 13 3 1011 0.881 19 1 0
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 8 16 4304 246 5 4 3.43 40 24 9 1815 0.881 19 1 6
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 1 6 3341 213 4 1 3.83 23 26 6 1497 0.875 7 0 0
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 0 2 1081 70 0 1 3.89 9 7 3 462 0.868
1989-90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 2 0 0 120 6 0 0 3.00 2 0 0 68 0.919
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 0 778 39 0 1 3.01 6 4 3 341 0.897 17 2 2
1990-91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 4 0 0 240 17 0 0 4.25 2 2 0 114 0.870
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 1 4 3774 230 7 2 3.66 25 33 5 1703 0.881
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 0 0 1665 87 1 1 3.14 13 9 4 739 0.895
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 0 10 1694 98 3 0 3.47 11 15 2 805 0.891 8 0 2
1993-94 Rochester Americans AHL 5 0 0 310 10 0 0 1.94 3 0 2 145 0.935
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 32 4 16 1726 106 0 2 3.68 13 12 3 801 0.883
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 180 12 0 0 4.00 1 2 0 73 0.859
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 0 2 698 47 3 0 4.04 1 7 3 332 0.876
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 1 8 4365 209 1 3 2.87 30 28 16 1948 0.903 2 0 0
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 2 6 4261 193 4 3 2.72 33 27 11 1747 0.901 6 0 4
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 2 6 3274 138 5 3 2.53 29 21 6 1216 0.898 10 1 2
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 39 0 12 2193 89 1 2 2.44 16 11 8 738 0.892 13 1 2
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 23 0 2 1205 77 2 0 3.83 5 13 2 459 0.856

Fuhr is still very active and around the community in Edmonton and works hard with charities in the area. He has also worked on a film from the makers of Ice Guardians called Making Coco. Here is the trailer: