As a native of Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, it is a solid bet that Eric Fehr has enjoyed his fair share of outdoor hockey. Eric’s goal-scoring abilities were on display outdoors on Saturday as he was the standout offensive star for the Capitals in their 2011 Winter Classic victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field in the ‘Steel City’. His two-goal performance outpaced the offensive stars on both teams – players such as Ovechkin, Semin, Crosby and Malkin. It has been players like Fehr, and his unwavering approach to team play, that have helped the Capitals emerge from a horrendous slump leading up to Christmas, something that has been well-documented for sports fans in North America through the HBO “24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic” series. The tenacious forward continues to be a solid-contributor for a team that many picked as a Stanley Cup favourite in 2011 and beyond. If Eric can bottle some of the outdoor magic that he brought to his game under the lights at Heinz Field, and continue to bring it to the rink as the Caps progress into 2011, both Winkler and Washington will be singing his praises.
- Eric has three points in the Caps last two games; a 3-0 win over Montreal on December 28th and a 3-1 win over the Penguins in the Winter Classic on New Years Day
- He was the offensive catalyst for the Caps outdoors in Pittsburgh, scoring a pair of goals – including the game-winner
- He has also been a leader in other categories for the Caps over the past week, registering a solid +4 rating, three blocked shots and nine shots on goal
- Born in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada on September 7, 1985
- Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round, 18th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
- Led the Western Hockey League in scoring as a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2004-05, posting 59 goals and 52 assists for 111 points in 71 games
- Set personal career high totals in the 2009-10 NHL season in several categories; games played (69), goals (21), assists (18), points (39), and plus/minus (+18)