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Capitals Claim Rico Fata Off Waiver Wire

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have claimed forward Rico Fata off of waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

 
Fata, 25, was a first-round draft pick (sixth overall) in 1998 by the Calgary Flames. In seven NHL seasons, he has played with four teams: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Calgary. Fata has played in 199 career games, recording 23 goals and 32 assists for 55 points with 94 penalty minutes. He has one assist and 14 penalty minutes in 26 games with Atlanta and Pittsburgh this season.
 
Editor’s note: Fata’s career stats below.
 
Rico Fata
 
Position: Center
Birthday: Feb. 12, 1980 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Height: 5-11     Weight: 202       Shoots: Left
Acquired: Claimed off waivers, March 9, 2006.
 
Career Statistics:
                                                                         Regular Season                                          Playoffs
Year    Team               League                     GP        G                  A      Pts   PIM        GP    G        A     Pts            PIM
1995-96  Sault Ste. Marie OHL        62        11     15       26   52               4         0       0       0       0
1996-97  London         OHL            59        19     34     53     76              --        --      --        --     --
1997-98  London         OHL            64        43     33     76   110             16         9       5        14   49
1998-99  London         OHL            23        15     18     33     41             25       10     12        22   42
1998-99  Calgary         NHL            20          0       1       1       4              --        --      --      --      --
1999-00  Saint John      AHL            76        29     29     58     65               3         0       0       0       4
1999-00  Calgary         NHL              2          0       0       0       0              --        --      --      --      --
2000-01  Saint John      AHL            70        23     29     52   129             19         2       3       5     22
2000-01  Calgary         NHL              5          0       0       0       6              --        --      --      --      --
2001-02  Hartford        AHL            61        35     36     71     36             10         2       5       7       4
2001-03  N.Y. Rangers                NHL        10       0       0       0               0        --      --      --      --   --
2002-03  Hartford        AHL              9          8       6     14       6              --        --      --      --      --
2002-03  N.Y. Rangers                NHL        36       2       4       6               6        --      --      --      --   --
2002-03  Pittsburgh      NHL            27          5       8     13     10              --        --      --      --      --
2003-04  Pittsburgh      NHL            73        16     18     34     54              --        --      --      --      --
2004-05  Asiago HC    Italy              35        18     20     38     36                
2005-06  Pittsburgh      NHL            20          0       0       0     10
2005-06  WB/Scranton                 AHL        25       8     10     18             39
2005-06  Atlanta          NHL              6          0       1       1       4
               TOTALS      NHL           199       23     32     55     94                
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