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Capitals Re-Sign Center Rico Fata

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – July 17, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Rico Fata, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Fata, 25, was a first-round draft pick (sixth overall) in 1998 by the Calgary Flames. In seven NHL seasons, he has played with five teams: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, Calgary and the Capitals. Fata has played in 220 career games, recording 27 goals and 35 assists for 61 points with 102 penalty minutes.

A 5’11”, 202-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Fata played in each of the 21 games – including his 200th NHL game, his first as a Capital – last season after being claimed off waivers March 9, 2006. He recorded three goals and three assists last season for the Capitals.

Rico Fata
Position: Center
Birthday: Feb. 12, 1980 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Height: 5-11    Weight: 202    Shoots: Left
Drafted: Calgary’s first-round choice, sixth overall, in 1998 Entry Draft
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    06    9    5    14    49
1998-99    Calgary    NHL    20    0    1    1    4    -    -    -    -    -
    London    OHL    23    15    18    33    41    25    10    12    22    42   
1999-00    Calgary    NHL    2    0    0    0    0    -    -    -    -    -
    Saint John    AHL    76    29    29    58    65    3    0    0    0    4   
2000-01    Calgary    NHL    5    0    0    0    6    -    -    -    -    -
    Saint John    AHL    70    23    29    52    129    19    2    3    5    22
2001-02    N.Y. Rangers    NHL    10    0    0    0    0    -    -    -    -    -
    Hartford    AHL    61    35    36    71    36    10    2    5    7    4   
2002-03    N.Y. Rangers    NHL    36    2    4    6    6    -    -    -    -    -
    Pittsburgh    NHL    27    5    8    13    10    -    -    -    -    -
    Hartford    AHL    9    8    6    14    6    -    -    -    -    -   
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    0    -    -    -    -    -
    Atlanta    NHL    6    0    1    1    4    -    -    -    -    -
    CAPITALS    NHL    21    3    3    6    8    -    -    -    -    -
    WB/Scranton    AHL    25    8    10    18    39    -    -    -    -    -
CAPITALS TOTALS        21    3    3    6    8    -    -    -    -    -
NHL TOTALS        220    27    35    61    102    -    -    -    -    -
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