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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

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.”




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01