New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Rico Fata from the Calgary Flames, claiming him off waivers.
Fata, 21, appeared in five matches for Calgary last season, registering six penalty minutes. He spent the remainder of the season with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL). With Saint John, Fata ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in goals, tallying 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with 129 penalty minutes in 70 matches. He also skated in 19 post-season games, registering two goals and three assists for five points, helping Saint John capture the 2001 Calder Cup championship.
In 27 career NHL matches, he has registered one assist, along with 10 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 197-pounder has skated in 146 career matches with Saint John, registering 52 goals and 58 assists for 110 points, along with 194 penalty minutes. In 22 AHL playoff matches, he has collected two goals and three assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes.
The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was originally Calgary's first round choice, sixth overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.