Grant Fuhr
Although Grant Fuhr was rarely in the hunt for the Goals Against Average title in the NHL, there was little doubt among Hockey pundits that he was amongst the best in the league. In the 1980’s, Fuhr was the Goaltender for the high powered Edmonton Oilers, who employed a devastating offensive attack. Defence was secondary for Edmonton, and Fuhr did always enjoy the same type of defensive effort in front of him that other netminders received, so it can be argued that his task was more difficult in a way. Of course, wouldn’t every 1980’s NHL goalie trade their position with Fuhr?
Grant Fuhr’s respect throughout the league was shown by his selection to two Canada Cup teams, and in 1987 was the goalie in all nine games for Canada, who won the tournament. Fuhr would also win the Vezina the following season and was the Hart Trophy runner up. The 1990’s were not as good, as he bounced around the NHL, but he still showed flashes of his past brilliance in that decade. Grant Fuhr (who is half black) would be the first man of African descent to enter the Hall of Fame and he did so in his first year of eligibility.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • Elected In: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Position: Goalie
  • Played For: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Vezina Trophy (1) (1988)
    William M. Jennings Trophy (1) (1994)
    First Team All Star (1) (1988)
    Second Team All Star (1) (1982)
    All Star Games (6) (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 & 1989)
    Most Wins (2) (1984 & 1988)
    Most Shutouts (1) (1988)
    Stanley Cup Rings (4) (Edmonton Oilers   1984, 1985, 1987 & 1988)

Should they be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 50%
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