NHL: The best goalie from each franchise’s history (Updated 2023)

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Edmonton Oilers, Grant Fuhr
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Best NHL goalie from each franchise: Edmonton Oilers – Grant Fuhr

Goalie Grant Fuhr is one of the most winningest of all-time in the positional group. He was as important to the Edmonton Oilers as Wayne Gretzky was during their dynasty era of the 80s. They were the team to beat and rightfully so since Fuhr was playing at an elite level every year he was on the Oilers.

Fuhr spent an entire decade on the Oilers from 1981 – 1991 and helped win five Stanley Cup championships during his tenure. He still owns many NHL records for his dominance in hockey. The biggest easily being the longest undefeated streak by a goalie in their rookie season at 23. That’s how amazing he was from the moment he was drafted.

It’s hard to comprehend the impact Fuhr had on the Oilers as he did his part with their multiple straight playoff appearances as a starting goalie. Year after year they always got their ticket in and were relentless in their pursuit of greatness. He went to six NHL All-Star Games in his career, representing the Oilers every single time.

Needless to say, the Oilers retired his No. 31 back in 2003 as he’s a beloved sports icon in Canada. To achieve so much as a goalie, especially on a single team, is something aspiring goaltenders can only dream of. He’s a Hockey Hall of Famer, Alberta Sports Hall of Famer, and easily worthy of putting on your Mount Rushmore of goalies.