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Seven Oilers make NHL 100 list

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Seven former Oilers have been named to the NHL's 100 Greatest Players list as part of their centennial season celebrations at the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

The list of Oilers consists of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Chris Pronger and Adam Oates, who all played for Edmonton's NHL franchise at one point in their careers.

Wayne Gretzky AKA "The Great One" is largely considered one of the best athletes of all time. Throughout the 80's, Gretzky dominated the League and amassed award after award including nine Hart Trophies, and he led the League in scoring seven times. When he retired from the game, he held more than 60 NHL records - rewriting the history of the game.

Mark Messier AKA "The Moose" played more than 1700 regular season games in his NHL career and more than 230 in the playoffs. Messier, one of the great leaders in NHL history, took over the captain's "C" from Gretzky when he was traded to Los Angeles in 1988.

Paul Coffey will forever be thought of in hockey history as one of the best offensive defencemen to play the game. On his way to helping the Oilers win their first Stanley Cup in 1984, Coffey registered 126 points in the regular season and added another 22 in 19 playoff games. Coffey's career spanned more than 1400 games.

Jari Kurri is known for being Gretzky's go-to winger, but the Finn certainly made his own mark on the game. Kurri broke records and recorded 100-point-plus seasons in six of his 10 years with the club. Kurri is a legend both in Edmonton and back in his native Finland.

Grant Fuhr, over the period of a decade, helped the Oilers win five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990. The goaltender's best season came in 1987 when he played a league-high 4,304 minutes and recorded 40 wins. He earned Vezina Trophy honours that season.

Chris Pronger came to the Oilers via trade in 2005. The defenceman's presence helped the Oilers make a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. In those playoffs, Pronger led the Oil in points with 21 (5 goals, 16 assists) through 24 games.

Adam Oates only played for the Oilers for one season in 2003-04, his final year in the NHL. Oates racked up more than 1,300 games in his career and had 156 points in 163 post-season contests.

Legendary goaltender Jacques Plante was also named to the NHL 100 list, although his one season in Edmonton came in the WHA days, back in 1974-75.

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