He collected over 700 NHL appearances during which he tallied over 200 points… He was drafted at the first round, 18th position, back in 2003 by the Washington Capitals… He already played in Europe, back in 2012, with the HPK in Finland. In the Liiga, he tallied 25 points in 21 games… He won the Stanley Cup back in 2016 with the Pittsburgh Penguins… not bad, what do you think? We’re talking about the new import player of Genève Servette: Eric Fehr!
Let’s get to know more about him.
Date of Birth: 7 settembre 1985
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Eric Fehr was born on September 7th, 1985, in Winkler (MB, Canada) and is Genève Servette’s new import player. As we said, he was drafter in 18th position overal back in 2003. At that time, he was playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL. Eric remained in Brandon until the end of the 2004-05 season, and during the last season he was awarded the Four Broncos Trophy as the WHL player o the year.
THE NHL… IN WASHINGTON
Starting from the 2005-06 season then, Eric Fehr fulfilled his NHL dream… as he joined the Washington Capitals organization. He didn’t always play in the NHL though, not at the beginning. During the first year, he collected 11 NHL appearances with the Capitals and 89 AHL appearances with the Hershey Bears. The following season he started again with the Bears in the AHL… but after that, Eric became a regular in the NHL and he remained in the American’s capital city until the end of the 2010-11 season.
CANADA… FINLAND… AND BACK TO WASHINGTON
In 2011 then, Eric Fehr was included in a trade that made him move to Winnipeg… where things didn’t go particularly well. In fact, Eric got injured and missed most of the season. The Jets didn’t offer him a contract at the end of that year, and so Eric joined the HPK in Finland as a free agent during the lockout. At the end of the lockout, however, Fehr came back immediately overseas and more precisely again to Washington.
THE STANLEY CUP… AND THEN SEVERAL UPS AND DOWNS
Eric Fehr remained in Washington until the summer of 2015. After that, he moved to Pittsburgh ad joined the Penguins… and there he won the Stanley Cup at the first year! He played also most of the following season in Pittsburgh but then some hard time came. In 2017 in fact, he was traded to Toronto… where he played only 5 games between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season. The Maple Leafs then loaned him to the San Diego Gulls in the AHL, where he remained for a couple of months before coming back to the NHL and playing with the San José Sharks the last part of the 2017-18 season.
MINNESOTA… AND GENÈVE
During the summer of 2018 finally, Eric Fehr as a free agent was able to earn a contract with the Minnesota Wild… where, curiously enough, he replaced a certain Daniel Winnik. The Wild were therefore, at least for now, his last NHL team before his transfer to Genève.
Eric Fehr… on paper, is a great player. He’s not really a scoring machine – even though in Finland he scored a lot – but he’s one of that kind of a player who can help teams not to lose games. Moreover, he’s very experienced.
In order to get to know more Eric Fehr then, we got in touch with someone who’s been following him from close in the recent past. We had therefore the pleasure to meet “Lake Martin”, from “GonePuckWild.com”. Below, his impression on Eric Fehr.
The Minnesota Wild signed Eric Fehr to a one year deal and his role was clear. 4th line center and penalty killer.
He had reached the top and won lord Stanley in 2016 with the Penguins, but his career had been on the decline. After being a first round pick in 2003, he had made stops with the Caps, the Jets, the Pens, the Leafs, the Sharks, and the Wild, the last few in reduced roles.
The Wild acquired him because they let Daniel Winnik walk in the offseason, Winnik played a similar role. You knew what you were getting with Fehr. Good and consistent faceoff guy, wasn’t going to lose you games but wasn’t going to win you many eithers.
But he was also a good senior leader in the locker room. When the Wild’s season began to take a downward turn, Marcus Foligno and Eric Fehr stepped up. I believe no NHL teams pursued Eric Fehr because the present day NHL has passed him by.
The game is smaller and faster, a lot quicker, and Fehr had lost a step or two over the years. But it can’t be undersold how valuable he will be to any team he’s on. He’s a gritty, team first, strong fundamental hockey player.
Thank you very much Lake Martin!
Daniel Winnik, even though he was unlucky with injuries, did well in Genève. We’re pretty sure that Eric Fehr can have a similar impact. Moreover, he will probably play a key role in the top six and this should allow him to be more effective also in terms of points scored. Anyway, players like Eric Fehr are increasingly important for National League clubs… they bring in experience, they are team-first guys and are strong defensively. Put it like that, there are those thinking that a “Swiss” can play the same role… but in our opinion, that way of thinking is wrong. Players like Eric Fehr aren’t easy to find. We’re pretty sure that in Genève he can play a crucial role and he can become one of the most interesting players of the league.
Welcome to Switzerland, Eric!
* Between 2003 and 2005 Eric Fehr was playing for the Brandon Wheat Kins in the WHL and played alongside Codey Burki… the latter played in Switzerland between 2010 and 2017 for Lugano, Sierre, Thurgau, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Fribourg Gottéron and Olten.
On the other hand, when he was playing for the Hershey Bears, Eric played alongside Jared Aulin (former Rapperswil), Chris Bourque (former Lugano and Biel-Bienne) and Alexandre Giroux (former Ambrì-Piotta).
Moreover, during the last two seasons, Eric Fehr played alongside other players we know quite well… when he was playing for the San Diego Gulls (2017-18 season) he played alongside Reto Berra (currently at Fribourg Gottéron), while in Minnesota he played alongside “our” Kevin Fiala and Nino Niderreiter.
* Eric Fehr scored his first NHL goal on January 27th, 2007. On that day, his Washington Capitals earned a 7-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Curiosly enough, that same night, also Ben Clymer was playing for the Capitals… Ben Clymer played for Biel-Bienne during the 2004-05 season!