Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Fichaud
Born in Anjou, Quebec, Fichaud starred for three years with the Chicoutimi Saugueneens of the QMJHL. In 1993-94 he led the league in minutes played and wins with 37. After excelling at the 1994 Memorial Cup, Fichaud was chosen in the first round, 16th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. The young netminder turned a few heads in pre-season, particularly after stoning the Montreal Canadiens in the first half of one match. He returned for one more year of junior where he played 46 games and an impressive 3.44 goals against average.

Late in the 1994-95 season the Leafs sent Fichaud to the New York Islanders for forward Benoit Hogue and two draft choices. He split the 1995-96 season between New York and the AHL's Worcester Ice Cats. Fichaud showed of plenty of promise going 7-12-2 with one shutout on a weak Islander squad. In 1996-97 he played 34 games and was chosen as the spare goaltender for Canada at the World Championships.

Injuries limited Fichaud to 17 games in 1997-98 before he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Before the 1998-99 season began, he was traded to the expansion Nashville Predators. He was unable to gain sufficient playing time when the Predators opted to go with Mike Dunham and Tomas Vokoun between. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in the off-season but only saw action in nine games. After he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens prior to the 2000-01 season, Fichaud was a workhorse for the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL. He thrived on the increased responsibilities with a 3.12 goals against mark in 42 games and was recalled to Montreal for a pair of games.

Tired of moving from city to city, Fichaud retired briefly in 2001-02 after playing five games with the AHL Manitoba Moose. The Anjou, Quebec native did however come back later that season with Krefeld of the DEL before rejoining the AHL in 2002-03 with the Hamilton Bulldogs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1991-92 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 28 12 15 1 0 3.95 9 5 4 0 0 3.39
1992-93 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 43 18 15 1 0 4.38
1993-94 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 63 37 21 3 4 3.30 26 16 10 1 3.30
1993-94 Chicoutimi Sagueneens M-Cup 4 2 2 0 1 2.50
1994-95 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 46 21 19 4 3 3.44 7 2 5 0 2.79
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 24 7 12 2 1 3.31
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 34 13 15 6 1 2.93 2 1 1 0 3.30
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 34 9 14 4 0 3.10
1996-97 Canada WC-A
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 17 3 8 3 0 2.97
1997-98 Utah Grizzlies IHL 1 0 0 0 0 4.45
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 9 0 6 0 0 3.22
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 8 5 2 1 0 3.12
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 9 3 5 1 1 2.94
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 6 4 1 1 0 2.77 3 0 3 0 3.39
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 2 0 0 3.87
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 42 19 19 2 1 3.12 2 0 1 0 1.84
2001-02 Manitoba Moose AHL 5 2 3 0 1 2.80
2001-02 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 9 0 1.64 3 0 2.43
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 14 7 3 4 2.28 8 5 3 0 2.16
2003-04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 31 16 11 3 1 2.29
2004-05 Quebec RadioX QNAHL 9 6 2 0 2.26 8 8 0 1.13
2005-06 Quebec RadioX QNAHL 41
2006-07 Quebec RadioX QNAHL 44
2007-08 St-Georges CRS Express QNAHL 34
NHL Totals 95 22 47 10 2 3.13


Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (1994)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1994)
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - Top Goaltender) (1994)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1995)
Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto for Benoit Hogue, NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Ryan Pepperall) in 1995 NHL Draft and NY Islanders' 5th round pick (Brandon Sugden) in 1996 NHL Draft, April 6, 1995. Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders for Mike Watt, June 18, 1998. Traded to Nashville by Edmonton with Drake Berehowsky and Greg de Vries for Mikhail Shtalenkov and Jim Dowd, October 1, 1998. Traded to Carolina by Nashville for Toronto's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Nashville selected Yevgeny Pavlov) in 1999 NHL Draft and future considerations, June 26, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Carolina, February 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Krefeld (Germany) following release by Manitoba (AHL), January 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 10, 2002.
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