Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr had an emergency appendectomy Thursday and will be out of action for up to two months, the Oilers announced.
Fuhr, 26, reported to the Oilers' dressing room Thursday morning complaining of pains in his abdomen. After being examined by teammate Randy Gregg, a doctor, he was sent to another doctor.
A surgeon later determined that Fuhr's appendix was in danger of rupturing, and a surgery was required immediately.
The Oilers said there was no indication Fuhr had been suffering from any symptoms of appendicitis before the incident.
Fuhr, the No. 1 goaltender as the Oilers won four Stanley Cups in five years ending in 1988 and the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league's best at his position in 1988, had retired in the off-season over the National Hockey League's refusal to allow him to wear advertising on his goaltender pads.
He came out of retirement before training camp.
The Oilers announced Thursday the signing of goaltender Alexander Tyzhnych, 31, who played behind Vladislav Tretiak with the Red Army team.