EDMONTON, AB - Before the Edmonton Oilers made their transition to the National Hockey League from the World Hockey Association in 1979, a young Grant Fuhr from Spruce Grove, AB strapped on the pads for the first time.
"There wasn't a whole lot of people that wanted to try it, and I thought the equipment looked kind of cool," Fuhr said to EdmontonOilers.com. "I tried it out the first day and liked it, and I've stuck with it ever since."
Little did he know at the time that a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, four Stanley Cups, a Vezina Trophy and his name on a rink in his hometown were waiting for him following a storied Oilers career of 10 seasons, 534 games and 300 wins.
That's not even counting the other 11 seasons.
Just short of 15 years since his call to the Hall, Fuhr will earn a place among Alberta's hockey greats when he's inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 22 at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore.