July 28, 1983 |
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||86th overall, 2001
Drew Richard Fata (born July 28, 1983 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) is a former professional hockey defenceman. He is the younger brother of Rico Fata, who has played for several NHL teams over the course of his career.
Fata was drafted 86th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Without playing a game for the Penguins, Fata signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on February 4, 2007. When Islanders defenceman Sean Hill received a 20-game suspension on April 20, 2007 after testing positive performance-enhancing drugs, Drew Fata was called upon to take his place in the lineup. He then made his playoff debut against the Buffalo Sabres on April 20, though the Islanders lost the game and were eliminated from the postseason.
On July 2, 2008, Fata signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. Fata started the 2008–09 season with the Coyotes affiliate, San Antonio Rampage, before he was traded by the Coyotes to the Ottawa Senators for Alexander Nikulin on November 3, 2008.
On July 7, 2009, Fata signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Boston Bruins.
After coming off a season that involved ankle surgery, Fata did not receive any offers for four months. Eventually Fata was invited to return to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team where he started his professional career. After one game with the Penguins, Fata was released from his professional tryout contract on November 1, 2010.
After a further three seasons abroad with HC Asiago and the Sheffield Steelers, Fata returned to North America to sign a one-year free agent contract with the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL on August 5, 2014. Upon the merge of the CHL into the ECHL, Fata opted to retire from professional hockey and accepted a General Manager role with the Batchewana Attack in the Canadian International Hockey League.
|2000–01||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||58||5||15||20||134||18||1||3||4||26|
|2001–02||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||67||7||21||28||175||15||1||9||10||38|
|2002–03||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||35||6||13||19||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||64||3||7||10||185||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||3||1||0||1||5||1||0||0||0||0|
|2007–08||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||71||3||11||14||197||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||5||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||7||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Coyotes acquire Nikulin from Senators". Coyotes.nhl.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- Bruins sign Drew Fata and Dany Sabourin
- Jonathan Bombulie (2006-09-26). "Fata looking to rekindle career with Penguins". Citizensvoice.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- "PETERSEN REASSIGNED TO WHEELING; FATA RELEASED". wbspenguins.com. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- "Sparta signerer NHL-back" (in Norwegian). Sparta.no. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- "Sundogs add veteran experience with Drew Fata". Arizona Sundogs. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-05.