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Grant Fuhr : the story of a hockey legend
Fuhr, Grant, 1962- , author.
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Toronto : Random House Canada, 2014.
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xii, 210 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The Hall of Fame story of Grant Fuhr, the first black superstar in the National Hockey League and the last line of defense for the Edmonton Oilers dynasty, told through Fuhr's 10 most important games.

Grant Fuhr was the best goalie in the league at a time when hockey was at its most exciting. Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers were arguably the greatest team in league history, and during the 1980s arguably the most popular team across the United States, even if many had little idea where Edmonton was. They were that good. And so was Fuhr: Gretzky called him the best goaltender in the world.

Fuhr broke the colour barrier for NHL goaltenders when he played his first game for the Oilers in 1981, and was an inspiration for later players including future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla. But in addition to their dynastic run of Stanley Cup championships, the Oilers were also synonymous with the excesses of the decade: Fuhr himself was suspended for substance use, a discredit he had to fight back from--and did, going on to set career records and earning election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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GRANT FUHR was the Hall of Fame goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers, and the first black superstar in the National Hockey League. He is now a role model and fundraiser for charity, inspiring young goalies around the world. Fuhr plays golf at the professional level on the pro Stars Tour, starring with ex-professional athletes who benefit charities by their activities.

BRUCE DOWBIGGIN  has covered hockey for the CBC (where he won two Gemini awards as Canada's top sportscaster), the Calgary Herald , and  The Globe and Mail ; and is the author of several bestselling hockey books. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Known as "the best money goalie in hockey" where the "bigger the game, the better Grant got," the highs of Fuhr's career-five Stanley Cups, Canada Cup triumphs, Hall of Fame induction-are recapped in detail in his autobiography, but don't look for many personal revelations or soul-searching here. Early on, the reader is warned that Fuhr, the first black star in hockey, is not the most forthcoming. Dowbiggin manages to get him to open up a little in the subsequent pages, so it isn't a complete shutout. An adopted child of mixed race raised in Spruce Grove, Alberta by white parents, Fuhr's story is compelling from the get-go, but he goes out of the way to avoid saying anything remotely controversial, whether it is in regard to race relations or the players, or coaches and management from his 19-year career. Even when his cocaine use and suspension is brought up, Fuhr gives little more than a shrug: "We definitely partied too much." In net, he was calm and rarely rattled; in print, that translates into offering a straightforward recap of his career and a little about his new love of golf, while, perhaps reflexively, protecting the territory of his private life and family. Agent: Jake Elwell, Harold Ober Assoc. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: November 3, 2003 Hockey Hall of Famep. ix
Game 1 October 14, 1981 Winnipeg 4 Edmonton 2p. 1
Game 2 January 9, 1983 Detroit 4 Edmontion 3p. 33
Game 3 May 10, 1984 Edmonton 1 New York Islanders 0p. 49
Game 4 April 9, 1986 Edmonton 7 Vancouver 3p. 65
Game 5 September 13, 1987 Canada 6 Ussr 5p. 81
Game 6 April 15, 1389 Los Angeles 6 Edmonton 3p. 99
Game 7 February 18, 1991 Edmonton 4 New Jersey 0p. 117
Game 8 April 20, 1993 Buffalo 4 Boston 0p. 129
Game 9 April 18, 1996 St. Louis 4 Toronto 5 Otp. 155
Game 10 May 4, 1999 St. Louis 1 Phoenix 0p. 171
Extro: October 9, 2003 Edmonton 5 San Jose 2p. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Selected Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 201