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NHL legend Grant "Coco" Fuhr is the star of a new movie

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517   //    31 Aug 2018, 19:30 IST

2017 NHL Awards - Arrivals
Grant Fuhr and Wayne Gretzky at the 2017 NHL Awards' arrival

Featuring Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Martin Brodeur, Brett Hull, Chris Pronger and many more of the NHL’s royalty, Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story is a forthcoming documentary about legendary NHL goalie Grant "Coco" Fuhr. Announced as the closing Gala film at the Calgary International Film Festival, Making Coco is the product of a collaboration between Upstream Flix, filmmaker Don Metz, award-winning producer Adam Scorgie (Ice Guardians, The Culture High, Inmate #1: The Rise Of Danny Trejo), Oilers Entertainment Group VP Don Metz, and co-producer Shane Fennessey.

Barely 19 years old, Grant "Coco" Fuhr became starting goalie for the most exciting team in NHL history, the Edmonton Oilers. In his mid-30’s, he played 76 consecutive and 79 total games in an 82-game season, which set 2 league records. He would follow that ironman performance by playing 73 NHL games the following season on a completely rebuilt knee. Furthermore, Fuhr set a number of firsts for black hockey players in the NHL, including being the first to win a Stanley Cup and the first inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.

In the words of Wayne Gretzky -- who many view as the greatest NHL player of all time -- Fuhr himself is "the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.” His acrobatic style and cat-like reflexes helped bring the Oiler to 5 Stanley Cup championships and 2 Canada Cup victories. But what many people may not recall about Fuhr was how much adversity he faced during his playing days, including a minor league demotion, contract negotiation issues, and a suspension related to substance use.

A late 2018 release for Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story has been announced by Upstream Flix. To stay up to date on the film, please visit www.upstreamflix.com.

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