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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.

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An Oilers team with that much firepower up front needed a capable netminder, and the run and gun style of the Oilers during the 1980’s played into Fuhr’s hands as a goalie who played better by taking more shots.

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