Anybody have any particular memories of Grant Fuhr's rookie season (1981-82) in Edmonton? It's a little before my time, so although I know the results and the stories I wasn't privy to the talk and the buzz as I was in 1st grade in Elementary School. Every time I look back at his record and stats from that season, I'm kind of stunned: He had a 28-5-14 record (that's .745 in decisions; the back-ups were .683), had the #1 'Goals Saved above Average' (GSAA) in the NHL, was a 2nd-team All Star, and was 2nd in Vezina voting. All this at age 19, for a club that had never had a winning season before, and starting three months after being drafted! He lost his very first game in the NHL (4-2 to Winnipeg on Oct. 14th, 1981)... and then didn't lose again until January 16th, 1982 (at Toronto, of all places). Of only 5 games in 47 decisions that he lost, he had a .909 and a .917 in two of them, outstanding for the time. Unfortunately, he and the young Oilers coughed up a hairball in the playoffs, with Fuhr pitching a .735 in the ridiculous 10-8 loss to L.A. the first game, giving up 5 goals in the third, plus the overtime 'loser', in the Miracle on Manchester in game three, and then another ugly .774 in the deciding game five in Edmonton. Training camp the next season (Sept. 1982) began Fuhr's personal problems, I think, with his coming to camp overweight (as he often did), and his poor play most of that season (9 wins in his first 24 decisions), which led to his being booed by Edmonton fans, which -- if I understand the story correctly (I might not) -- led to the start of his substance abuse problems. It really seems that he was dialed-in that rookie season, right from the first game, and didn't let up (until the playoffs). Not to say he wasn't great from 1983 to 1991, because he was, but he was quite inconsistent and prone to bad games and bad goals, though he usually was razor-sharp in the playoffs. Granted 1981-82 isn't exactly the banner-season for NHL goaltending standards, but anyway it seems to have been a remarkable rookie season that almost gets lost in the shuffle, with Gretzky utterly decimating the record-book that year and Hawerchuk as the favorite for the Calder. Any memories / thoughts of Fuhr from that season?