In advance of the coming Summit Sports Collectibles show, we count down the Oilers’ greatest goalies. We rank goalies 3 (May 20), 2 (May 27) and 1 (Jun. 3) in advance of the Jun. 4-5 show in Sherwood Park, AB. All three goalies will be autograph guests courtesy Pro-Am Sports at the Summit Show II.
For more information on the Jun. 4-5 show, please visit theSummitShow.com.
#1. GRANT FUHR
NHL Years in Edmonton: 1981-82 to 1990-91
Collector’s Index: 1,560 / Rookie Card: 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee
A five-time Stanley Cup champion, Grant Fuhr is widely considered the team’s all-time greatest goalie. He won Stanley Cups in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. He was one of seven players that won those five Stanley Cups over seven years with the Oilers.
Fuhr was drafted eighth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, the same draft that produced Dale Hawerchuk (first overall by the Jets). In that 1981-82 season, rookie Fuhr won 28 games and finished second in voting for the Vézina Trophy as the best goalie in the league. He finished third in rookie voting for the Calder Trophy behind Hawerchuk and Barry Pederson.
From 1983-84 to 1987-88, he was the best in the business, winning the Vézina Trophy in 1987-88 and leading the Oilers to first overall in the league standings three times (1983-84, 1985-86 and 1986-87). He played in five-straight All-Star Games from 1985 to 1989. He was also named to the Canada Cup All-Star team in 1987.
Along with his time with the Oilers, Fuhr also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. He won the Canada Cup with Canada in 1984 and 1987. In 2003, Fuhr became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
There are 1,560 items on the Grant Fuhr Collector’s Index. His rookie card was issued in the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee card set (#105), although he was also featured in two 1981-82 team sets. He was featured on the cover of The Hockey News twice during the 1981-82 season; he was then featured on the cover of the Oilers’ 1982-83 Shoppers Drug Mart calendar (with Wayne Gretzky). He has been featured in several 2010-11 sets.