Grant Fuhr

Grant Fuhr

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Palm Strings, USA

Ice Hockey Champion | Performance Coach | Winning Mindset | Goal Achievement | Personal Development

Grant Fuhr, a hockey legend hailing from Spruce Grove, Alberta, is renowned for his illustrious career as one of the NHL's most formidable goaltenders. Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1981, Fuhr quickly established himself as a cornerstone of the team, leading them to five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990. His standout year came in 1987, where he earned the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender. Fuhr's impact extended beyond Edmonton as he played for teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, and St. Louis Blues, leaving an indelible mark on each franchise. With numerous accolades, including induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, Grant Fuhr's legacy as a hockey icon remains unmatched.
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Five-Time Stanley Cup Champion Grant Fuhr

GRANT FUHR BIOGRAPHY

Grant Fuhr was born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, located just outside the city of Edmonton where he would star for so many years. Fuhr starred with the WHL’s Victoria Cougars for two seasons and was a First Team All-Star both years (1980 and 1981). Grant was drafted in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

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.

By the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the Oilers began to dismantle the team by trading Wayne Gretzky, the start of a fire sale. Then, on September 19, 1991, after playing only 13 games for the Oilers, the six-time All-Star was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a seven-player blockbuster deal

Fuhr was then traded by the Leafs to the Buffalo Sabres on February 2, 1993, where he partnered with highly-acclaimed Dominik Hasek. In 1994, Fuhr joined Hasek in winning the William Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals scored against. In the 1994-95 season, Fuhr was traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he joined Gretzky, but he played only 14 games for the franchise.

In 1995-96, just as many began to think that this once great goaltender was past his prime, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. Given another chance, the classy veteran didn’t disappoint. Fuhr played with a renewed love for the game and an energy that matched any youngster in the league. He played an astonishing 79 games for the Blues, 76 consecutively. Both remain single-season records. Grant’s great play continued into the playoffs that year. He was once again in fine form and gave Blues’ fans high hopes for a Stanley Cup championship. Unfortunately, the playoff run ended prematurely when Maple Leafs’ forward Nick Kypreos crashed into Fuhr as he was attempting to cover the puck. His leg twisted awkwardly and he tore his knee ligaments.

In the 1996-97 season, Grant continued his fine play for the Blues, but he couldn’t lead his team over the hump during the playoffs. Over the next two years, injuries became a problem. His knee injury never seemed to recover and time was passing quickly. St. Louis began to look in another direction, picking up Roman Turek from the Dallas Stars to be their number one goaltender. That left the door open for Grant to be traded. On September 4, 1999, Fuhr was sent to an old Oilers’ archrival, the Calgary Flames.

The Calgary Flames expected Grant to take the younger goaltenders under his wing and give some much needed leadership in the locker room. One of those youngsters between the pipes was Fred Brathwaite. In 1993 he’d been an up and comer in the Edmonton Oilers organization and was asked to wear number 31, which Grant Fuhr had worn in his Oilers heyday and throughout his career. The Oilers called Grant to ask his permission for Brathwaite to don his idol’s number. He answered, “No problem. Go for it.”

As a Flame, Grant joined an elite club of goaltenders. On October 22, he defeated the Florida Panthers to attain his 400th career win — only the sixth goalie in NHL history to reach that milestone, joining the likes of Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Patrick Roy. Prior to the 2000-01 season, Grant Fuhr announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Fittingly, in Fuhr’s first year of eligibility, he was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend
Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend
The Hall of Fame story of Grant Fuhr, the first black superstar in the National Hockey League and the last line of defense for the Edmonton Oilers dynasty, told through Fuhr's 10 most important games. Grant Fuhr was the best goalie in the league at a time when hockey was at its most exciting.

Articles & Media

'I've Watched Every Single YouTube Video Possible on Him': Stuart Skinner Praises Grant Fuhr on the Night That the Oilers Win Their 14th Straight Game

THE HOCKEY NEWS

With his tremendous play over the past 14 games - and at least a month prior to that - Skinner etched his name in the record books last night. He passed Grant Fuhr for the all-time leader in consecutive wins for an Oilers goaltender. The significance was not lost on Skinner who described what it was like to be named the first star of the game, "I was feeling a lot of emotion, especially when I went out on the ice for the first star."
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‘Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story’ Profiles This NHL Superstar

KDHX Community Media

For anyone who wants more ice hockey (and who doesn’t after the Blues’ Stanley Cup victory?), there’s “Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story.” Described by Wayne Gretzky as “the greatest goaltender who ever lived,” Fuhr played, 1995 to 1999, for the St. Louis Blues, though he spent the lion’s share of his career with the Edmonton Oilers, 1981 to 1991.
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‘The sky’s the limit:’ Oilers legend Grant Fuhr says Stuart Skinner is ready for a big playoffs, bright future in the NHL

OilersNation

There might not be a bigger fan of Grant Fuhr than Stuart Skinner. He’s watched all the YouTube highlights of Fuhr’s glory days with the Edmonton Oilers, during which he won five Stanley Cups. After all, it’s hard not to, given that both are local products, with the roots of their hockey careers starting in the Edmonton and area’s minor hockey ranks. Over the years, the pair have grown close, Fuhr told Oilersnation in an interview set up through Betway Canada.
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Grant Fuhr Says One Area of Oilers’ Goaltending a Key to Success

The Hockey Writers

Count former Edmonton Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr among the many who aren’t worried about the Oilers’ netminding heading into the playoffs. During an interview with Betway, Fuhr discussed his former team’s trade deadline strategy and why the team didn’t make an upgrade. Specifically, he discussed what he looks for in good goaltending and a closer look at metrics he believes matter greatly shows the Oilers might have the right mix.
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CTV NEWS

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'He's had a phenomenal year': Fuhr, Oilers great and diehard fan, happy to see record fall to Skinner - It's been 32 years since Grant Fuhr played a game for the blue and orange but his name keeps coming up during Oilers broadcasts. That's because a rookie netminder – also from the Edmonton area – is accomplishing things not done since Fuhr in 1982.
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