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Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - The Edmonton will honor former goaltender Grant Fuhr when his jersey is raised to the rafters prior to the ' season opener on October 9 against the San Jose . Fuhr will become the fourth player bestowed the honor of having their jersey retired by the club, joining Wayne Gretzky, Al Hamilton and Jari Kurri. "I canâ¿¿t think of a better way to kick off our 25th Anniversary season than by honoring one of the great goaltenders, and Edmonton , of all-time -- Grant Fuhr," said Patrick LaForge, President & CEO of the Edmonton . Fuhr was the eighth overall pick by the in the NHL Entry Draft on June 10, 1981. He was a main cog during the ' five championships, twice helping the club capture back-to-back titles. "I've said this many times before, but it bears repeating; as much as everyone felt we could win at will because of our incredible offensive skills, we wouldnâ¿¿t have won any of those Stanley Cups without Grant," current Edmonton general manager and former teammate Kevin Lowe said. The star goaltender picked up numerous awards during his stellar 19-year career, including the Vezina Award, given to the NHL's most outstanding goaltender, in 1997-98. Fuhr spent the first 10 years of his career with the before finishing his career with stints in Toronto, Buffalo, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Calgary. Fuhr retired from the NHL in 2000 and was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame last month.

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