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My Road: Eric Fehr

Winnipeg Jets forward Eric Fehr talks about his road to the NHL

Monday, 05.03.2012 / 9:43 AM / Feature
By Chris Kreviazuk
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My Road: Eric Fehr
Winnipeg Jets forward Eric Fehr talks about his road to the NHL

Winkler, MB: Born in Winkler - Earliest hockey memories

“I was born and raised in Winkler. My first hockey memory would be playing on the pond in my backyard, on my family’s farm in Winkler when I was about three or four years old. There were not a lot of backyard rinks in that area, even with the large yards. There were some community rinks, but I was lucky enough to have the pond. You just had to scrape the snow off once in a while.”

Winkler, MB: First taste of organized hockey

“The first organized hockey I played was squirts, in Winkler, when I was five. We had the two-minute buzzer for line changes. Every once in a while I would sneak in net and play goal, which I kind of liked. I don’t remember any goals in particular, but I do remember my first game in goal. I did a big pad stack and thought that was the coolest thing ever.”

Winkler, MB: Playing competitive minor hockey

“I played for the Winkler Flyers all the way up to grade nine. I played for two teams in grade nine - the Flyers and the Garden Valley Zodiacs high school team. Ed Penner, who is actually Dustin Penner’s uncle, was my coach from atom all the way to bantam with the Flyers. He would be my most influential coach. We were a AA team, but we entered a lot of AAA tournaments because we were a pretty good team for our area. One of my linemates from squirts all the way to bantam was Josh Froese. It was great to have him and Ed for all those years.”

Pembina Valley, MB: Playing AAA with the Pembina Valley Hawks

“I only spent one year in Pembina Valley, when I was 15. We made it to the finals that year and ended up losing to the Winnipeg Warriors. It was a great year and a huge learning experience for me playing at a higher level.”

Brandon, MB: Jumping to the WHL, staying in the province

“Going to Brandon was awesome. You realize how fast the game is compared to midget, and you just get to experience hockey on what I thought at the time was a really big stage. I think it was great for me to stay within Manitoba for my junior career. To be that close to friends and family makes the transition a lot easier. I felt very comfortable playing in Brandon.”

Brandon, MB: 2005 WHL goals and points leader

“2005 was a great year for me. We had a great team that year and we had a lot of fun. We were able to get to the WHL finals, which was great. It was also nice to win the scoring title and to have my linemate Ryan Stone finish second in the league. That was a cool experience for both of us.”

Hershey, PA: Championship in first year of pro
“My first year with Hershey went really well. I think (head coach) Bruce Boudreau really tried to help me out. At times it felt like he was being hard on me with video and things like that, but over time I really grew to realize that he was just trying to get the best out of me. I think he really helped me to improve from the start to the finish of that first season, and ultimately we won the Calder Cup. It was a great year.”

Washington, D.C.: Familiar face in the NHL

“I split time between Hershey and Washington for a few years and during that time Bruce became the head coach in Washington. A short time after, I made the jump to the Capitals for good. He obviously helped me get to the NHL with his coaching in Hershey and I felt very comfortable with him as my coach in the new setting.”

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