When Hershey Bears fans looks up at the rafters at every game, many remember the 2005-2006 Calder Cup Champions. That team had its fair share of future National Hockey League talent. Future players in the show included Mike Green, Tomas Fleischmann, Boyd Gordon, Dave Steckel, Brooks Laich and Deryk Engelland. One fan favorite of Bears’ fans not on that list is gritty forward, Eric Fehr.
Fehr will never be a player who dazzles his opponents with stick work and nifty moves, but he had a nose for the net. The former Bear often would score his goals in front of the net by earning deflections and potting home rebounds in front of the goaltender.
In his first year with the Bears after being selected in the 1st round of the 2003 NHL entry draft by the Washington Capitals, Fehr posted a phenomenal rookie campaign posting 25 goals along with 28 assists. Most importantly during his rookie season Fehr registered 11 points in 19 games during the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs, and finished the year hoisting the Calder Cup for everyone at the Giant Center to see.
Fehr came back with a strong year in the 2006-2007 campaign, posting 22 goals and 19 assists in only 41 games played. He added three points in a 14 game stint with the Washington Capitals. This season would be the last time Fehr would play substantially in Hershey, only appearing in 11 regular season games for the rest of his career in the Capitals organization.
Eric Fehr scored numerous clutch goals over the course of his career in Hershey, etched in Bears fans hearts forever. He sent the Bears’ to the Calder Cup finals in 2006, scoring the game winning goal in game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Giant Center.
Not only did he deliver clutch goals in the playoffs while in the AHL, Fehr helped the Capitals reach new heights with their young team. Although the Capitals never reached the Stanley Cup finals, Eric Fehr played a key part in the playoffs compiling a total of 6 points in 25 playoff games.
Known as the National Hockey League’s super bowl, the Winter Classic in 2011 was owned by Eric Fehr. Before the classic, Fehr had been scratched a total of four games during the season. Former Capitals coach, Bruce Boudreau inserted Fehr into the lineup on the Winter Classic and the move paid off. Fehr scored two big goals for the Capitals, as the team was struggling mightily heading into their match against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fehr fired home a rebound into an open net to give the Caps a 1-0 lead. Later in the game Fehr was back on the score sheet silencing the Pittsburgh crowd, ripping a wrist shot by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Capitals finished the year hot, but were eliminated quickly in the playoffs. Washington made some big trades in the offseason, including the Bears’ fan favorite Fehr being moved to the Winnipeg Jets. The move was made to clear cap space for new roster additions. Capitals general manager, George McPhee was pleased with Fehr’s contributions to the organization.” We have a surplus of right wingers and we decided to move one to build upon our draft pick stock for the 2012 Draft. We also added a gritty prospect in Danick Paquette to our organization. Eric Fehr is a first class person. We thank him for his contributions to the Washington Capitals and wish him well.”
Eric Fehr will be treasured in Hershey as a player that fans loved and still follow today. He was key in the Washington Capitals organization since he was drafted, but has started a new chapter with the Winnipeg Jets.
Below are Eric Fehr’s Winter Classic goals courtesy of NHL video: