November 4, 1975 |
Anjou, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)|
|Saint-Georges CRS Express
New York Islanders
Quebec Radio X
|NHL Draft||16th overall, 1994
Toronto Maple Leafs
Éric Joseph Fichaud (born November 4, 1975) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 16th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has a wealth of goaltending experience, having played in leagues across North America and also briefly in Germany.
Fichaud played net for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 1994, he led his team to the Memorial Cup, winning a host of awards, including the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as top goaltender and playoff MVP awards. A classic butterfly goaltender in the Patrick Roy mold, Fichaud looked to be a future National Hockey League starting netminder.
Fichaud never lived up to the lofty expectations his fantastic junior career had led to, bouncing between the minor leagues and the NHL. Shoulder injuries played a key role, and despite Fichaud's best efforts, he was unable to recapture his previous form. Eventually, Fichaud settled into the role as the starting goalie for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.
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