Washington, D.C. – December 19, 2005 – The Washington Capitals have assigned forward Eric Fehr to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Fehr, 20, was recalled from the Bears earlier today and made his NHL debut tonight against the Florida Panthers at the MCI Center. He had two shots on goal and a minor penalty in 7:33 of ice time.
Fehr is in his first professional season and currently leads Hershey in points with 28 (13 goals, 15 assists) in 29 games. He ranks tied for 17th in the AHL in scoring and tied for third among league rookies. A 6’4”, 204-pound native of Winkler, Manitoba, Fehr was Washington’s first selection, 18th overall, in the 2003 NHL Draft. The 2005 Western Hockey League (WHL) Player of the Year, Fehr had back-to-back 50-goal seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings and captured the WHL’s Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top scorer with 111 points (59 goals, 52 assists) in 71 games last season.