Rico Fata

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Rico Fata
Rico Fata.jpg
Born (1980-02-12) February 12, 1980 (age 34)
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
HIFK
Calgary Flames
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlanta Thrashers
Washington Capitals
Adler Mannheim
EHC Biel
Genève-Servette HC
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1998
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1999–present

Rico Fata (born February 12, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently with HIFK of the Finnish Liiga. He has also played for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Fata's career started as a 15-year-old, when he played for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. In the 1996 OHL Entry Draft, Fata was selected first overall by the last place London Knights. In his 3 seasons in London, the team became a top team in the OHL, reaching the Finals in 1999, but losing in 7 games to the Belleville Bulls. Fata's brother Drew currently plays for the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

Rico Fata was drafted in the 1st Round, 6th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Despite his high draft position, he was not able to maintain a spot in the Flames lineup. He won the AHL Calder Cup with the Saint John Flames in 2001. He was placed on waivers by the Flames and was claimed by the New York Rangers. He spent one and a half seasons with the Rangers before going to the Pittsburgh Penguins in an 8–player deal. On January 31, 2006, the Atlanta Thrashers claimed him off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. On March 9, 2006, the Washington Capitals claimed him off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers. He played 10 games at the start of the 2006–07 NHL season with Washington before being waived through the league.

On November 8, 2006 Fata signed a contract with the Mannheim Eagles of the German Elite League. On September 8, 2008 he signed a contract with the EHC Biel.[1] On August 1, 2011 he signed a one year contract with the Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss National League A, with an option for one more year.[2]

On June 17, 2013, after five seasons in the NLA, Fata left to sign a one-year contract with Finnish club, HIFK of the SM-liiga.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 62 11 15 26 52 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 London Knights OHL 59 19 34 53 76
1997–98 London Knights OHL 64 43 33 76 110 16 9 5 14 49
1998–99 London Knights OHL 23 15 18 33 41 25 10 12 22 42
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 20 0 1 1 4
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 76 29 29 58 65 3 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 70 23 29 52 129 19 2 3 5 22
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 61 35 36 71 36 10 2 5 7 4
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 10 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 9 8 6 14 6
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 36 2 4 6 6
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 5 8 13 10
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 16 18 34 54
2004–05 HC Asiago ITL 35 18 20 38 36 10 8 5 13 10
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 0 0 0 10
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 25 8 10 18 39
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 1 1 4
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 21 3 3 6 8
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 10 1 1 2 2
2006–07 Adler Mannheim DEL 29 8 10 18 12 11 2 4 6 8
2007–08 Adler Mannheim DEL 53 7 14 21 67 5 0 2 2 2
2008–09 EHC Biel NLA 45 18 19 37 44
2009–10 EHC Biel NLA 41 15 16 31 28
2010–11 EHC Biel NLA 47 13 21 34 16
2011–12 Genève-Servette HC NLA 50 17 16 33 26
2011–12 Lausanne HC NLA 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Genève-Servette HC NLA 41 8 16 24 20 1 0 0 0 2
2013–14 HIFK Liiga 10 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 230 27 36 63 104

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1999 Winnipeg
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC 7 1 3 4 8
Junior int'l totals 7 1 3 4 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
American Hockey League
All-Rookie Team 2000
Second All-Star Team 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EHC Biel re-sign Fata for 2010/11" (in German). EHC Biel. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Rico Fata débarque" (in French). Genève-Servette HC. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Rico Fata and Jason DeSantis transfer to HIFK" (in Finnish). HIFK. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Daniel Tkaczuk
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Oleg Saprykin