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by Kelli Gustafson / Edmonton Oilers

Alongside Jari Kurri’s banner, hangs another Oilers legend — Grant Fuhr.

Fuhr, selected eighth overall in the 1981 NHL Draft by Edmonton, went on to win four Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

“A lot of great memories in the old building,” Fuhr told the media, while reminiscing on the playoff series games.

Fuhr fondly recalls the excitement that was shared between the team and the fans, “Being a small-market team, you’re closer to your fans than you would be in a big city.”

When asked what helped the team perform so well during those years, Fuhr said, “The biggest thing we had was a family atmosphere… they are great friendships that have lasted forever.

“The guys liked spending time together, I think that’s what made us such a good team.”

The move from Rexall Place to Rogers Place will be the second move that Fuhr sees, remembering the move from Edmonton Gardens to Northlands Coliseum in 1974.

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