Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that former Victoria WHL alumni Grant Fuhr and Tyler Stahl will be the recipients of the club’s Professional and Scholastic Alumni Achievement Awards as part of the WHL’s 50th season.
The Royals will present Fuhr and Stahl with the awards during the club’s Turn Back the Clock Night on Saturday, November 14th versus the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Fuhr will receive the Professional Alumni Achievement Award for his numerous accomplishments during his 20-year career in the NHL.
The 5-11, 184 lb netminder played two seasons (1979-81) in the WHL for the Victoria Cougars where he helped the team win the 1981 WHL Championship. In 102 contests with Victoria, Fuhr collected a record of 78-21-1 to go along with a 2.84 goals against average, a 0.909 save percentage and six shutouts.
The Spruce Grove, AB native was selected by the Edmonton Oilers eighth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play for the Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames, where he recorded 403 wins in 868 games.
During his professional career, Fuhr won five Stanley Cups (Edmonton – 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 & 1990) two Canada Cup gold medals (1984 & 1987) a World Championship silver medal (1989), and a Vezina trophy as the league’s top goaltender (1988). He was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Stahl will be recognized with the Scholastic Alumni Achievement Award for his educational success at Olds College where he became a certified Agricultural Heavy Equipment Technician. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Business Management Degree at Athabasca University, while working in his trade.
The product of Drumheller, AB played four seasons with the Victoria/Chilliwack franchise (2009-13) and tallied five goals, 25 assists and 465 penalty minutes in 188 games.
The 6-2, 215 lb defender captained the Royals during his last season with the club (2012-13) where he notched a career high 12 points (4g-8) to go along with 87 minutes in penalties in 41 contests.
Stahl was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round, 167th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Victoria opens their 2015-16 WHL Regular Season at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with a pair of games vs. the Portland Winterhawks on Friday andSaturday night. Puck drop for both games is at 7:05 p.m.