Oilers To Retire Kurri's No. 17

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The Edmonton Oilers will retire Jari Kurri's No. 17 prior to their home opener against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Kurri won five Stanley Cups as a member of the Oilers during the 10 seasons with the team. He is the highest scoring European-born player in NHL history with 1,398 points and the first Finnish player elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"By raising his jersey to the rafters of Skyreach Centre, we're honoring another great Oiler and one of the greatest European hockey players to have ever played," said Oilers general manager and former Kurri teammate Kevin Lowe. "He was an integral part of a group of young guys who matured together and went on to win five Stanley Cups. I know Oilers fans have many terrific memories of the phrase 'Gretzky to Kurri...scores!'"

Kurri began his NHL career with the Oilers in 1980-81. He retired in 1998 after stints with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Colorado Avalanche.

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