RALEIGH, NC (February 11, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that goaltender Eric Fichaud has been claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens.
Acquired on June 26, 1999 from the Nashville Predators in exchange of Carolina’s fourth round pick (121st overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations, Fichaud, 24, posted a 3-5-1 record with a 2.94 goals against average and a .883 save percentage this season with the Hurricanes. On October 30, 1999, Fichaud recorded his second career shutout with a 24-save performance against the New York Islanders.
Fichaud (FEE-shoh), 23, has compiled a 22-45-10 record with a 3.13 goals against average in 93 career NHL games. Originally drafted with the 16th overall selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Fichaud (5’11”, 171 lbs.) was traded to the New York Islanders on April 6, 1995 in exchange of Benoit Hogue, the Islanders’ third round choice (Ryan Pepperall) in 1995 and a fifth round choice (Brando Sugden) in 1996. The Edmonton Oilers acquired Fichaud from the Islanders following the 1997-98 season in exchange of Mike Watt on June 14, 1998. Fichaud was traded to the Nashville Predators on October 1, 1998 along with Drake Berehowsky, and Greg de Vries for Mikhail Shtalenkov and Jim Dowd. Last season, the Anjou, Quebec native tallied a 0-6-0 record and a 3.22 goals against average in nine games with the expansion Predators.
The Hurricanes also announced today that goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick has been recalled from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League and will join Carolina on Saturday prior to the team’s road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fitzpatrick, 31, has played in 24 games for the Cyclones this season, registering an 11-11-1 record and a 2.57 goals against average. Fitzpatrick, who signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on August 7, 1999, ranks among the leading goaltenders in the IHL in goals against average and shutouts (4). On December 20, 1999, Fitzpatrick was named IHL Goaltender of the Week when he notched a 2-0-0 record with two shutouts.
In his 11-year NHL career, Fitzpatrick has played in 326 games, posting a 113-134-49 record with a 3.11 goals against average and eight shutouts. Fitzpatrick spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, playing in 27 games registering a 6-8-6 record with a 2.74 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (27th overall) in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Fitzpatrick has played with the Kings, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Chicago Blackhawks.
Carolina begins a three-game road trip tomorrow night with a matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team will play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, February 14, and the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, February 15 before returning home to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Thursday, February 17. All three games of the Hurricanes’ road trip will be telecast on Home Team Sports (HTS) and FOX Sports Net South (FSNS).