Thursday, November 19, 2009

1988-89 Edmonton Oilers Jari Kurri Jersey

It was on this date in 1983 at home in Edmonton versus the New Jersey Devils and goaltenders Ron Low and later Glenn Resch that Jari Kurri scored five goals in a single game, still the only Finnish player to ever do so in an NHL game, an Oilers record he shares with Wayne Gretzky and Pat Hughes.

Kurri also holds the Oiler record for Most Points in One Period with five, on two goals and three assists versus the Los Angeles Kings on October 26, 1984 against Darren Eliot, and shares the Oiler record for Most Assists in One Period with four in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets and goaltender Bryan Hayward on October 7, 1983, which is also the NHL record as well.

Other Oiler records to Kurri's credit are;
  • Most Points in One Season by a Right Wing - 135
  • Most Goals in One Season by a Right Wing - 71
  • Most Points in One Season by a Rookie - 75
  • Most Assists in One Season by a Rookie - 41
  • Most 20 Goal Seasons - 10
  • Most Consecutive 20 Goal Seasons - 10
  • Most 30 Goal Seasons - 10
  • Most Consecutive 30 Goal Seasons - 10
  • Most Career Playoff Goals - 92
  • Most Playoff Goals by a Rookie - 5
  • Most Playoff Goals in One Game - 4
  • Most Game-Winning Goals in One Playoff Year - 5
  • Most Playoff Points by a Rookie - 12
  • Most Career Playoff Power Play Goals - 22
  • Most Shorthanded Goals in One Playoff Series - 2
  • Most Shorthanded Goals in One Playoff Game - 2
Kurri is second in Oiler history in career goals with 474, third in career assists with 569, second in career points at 1,043.

He is fourth in single season goals with 71, third in career playoff assists with 110, third in career playoff points with 202. His 19 goals in one playoff year is also he NHL record.

Other NHL records Kurri holds are;
  • Most Hat Tricks in One Playoff Year - 4
  • Most Hat Tricks in One Playoff Series - 3
  • Most Goals in One Playoff Series - 12
  • Most Power Play Goals in One Playoff Game - 3
  • Most Shorthanded Goals in One Playoff Period - 2
  • Most Points by a European-born and Trained Player - 1,398
Kurri finished his NHL career with five Stanley Cup Championships the 1985 Lady Byng Trophy, 601 goals, 797 assists and 1398 points in 1251 games.

Internationally, Kurri played in the World Junior Championships twice, in 1979 and again in 1980, earning a silver medal while scoring the most points, the European Junior Championships in 1978 winning gold and being named Best Forward of the tournament. He also competed for Finland in the Canada Cup in 1981, 1987 and 1991, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey where he was team captain, the World Championships in 1982, 1989, 1991 and 1994 earning a sliver medal as well as the Winter Olympics in 1998, earning a bronze medal.

His #17 was retired by Jokerit Helsinki, the Edmonton Oilers and the Finnish National Team. He was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998, the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Today's featured jersey is a CCM 1988-89 Edmonton Oilers Jari Kurri jersey and features the Edmonton Oilers 10th Anniversary patch. This is a bit of an odd patch since the Oilers were founded in 1972 as one of the original members of the WHA. This would make 1988-89 the Oilers 16th Anniversary season. This patch was clearly meant to commemorate the Oilers 10th Anniversary of joining the NHL following the demise of the WHA in 1979, a league the NHL chooses to pretend never actually existed.

There is also an image of a single Stanley Cup in the patch, but the Oilers had actually won four cups at that point, something most teams would have probably driven home by putting multiple images of the cup on the patch, as the Islanders would do three seasons later.

Edmonton Oilers 88-89 F
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Here is a tribute video from the night the Oilers retired Kurri's #17.


1 comment:

  1. Excellent player on an awesome team. Edmonton yet to see another team like they had in the 1980's. Nice tribute.

    Dave

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