ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired left wing Jeff Friesen from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
A native of Meadow Lake, Sask., Friesen has played in 803 career NHL games, earning 211-289=500 points with 446 penalty minutes. Entering this season, the 6-1, 205-pound forward had played in 770 of a possible 786 career NHL games (98%). He has appeared in 33 games with Washington this season, scoring 3-4=7 points with 24 penalty minutes. The 29-year-old (8/5/76) forward began his career with the San Jose Sharks in 1994-95, playing in all 48 games en route to being named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team.
A five-time 20-plus goal scorer, Friesen helped lead the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup, beating the Ducks in seven games. During that playoff run, he ranked second in the NHL with 10 post-season goals and matched the Devils’ club-record with four playoff game-winning goals. He scored the series-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Ottawa and added the game-winner in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Anaheim.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Friesen played for Anaheim in the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons, earning 19-36=55 points in 96 games for the club. He was acquired by Anaheim from San Jose with goaltender Steve Shields and a second round draft choice in exchange for right wing Teemu Selanne on March 5, 2001.
Friesen was originally drafted by San Jose in the first round (12th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.