| 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)|
171 lb (78 kg)
|Born|| November 4 1975,|
Anjou, QC, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 16th overall, 1994|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Pro Career||1995 – 2008|
Éric Fichaud (b. November 4, 1975, in Anjou, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender. He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 16th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has a wealth of goaltending experience, having played in leagues across North America and also briefly in Germany.
Fichaud played net for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the QMJHL. In 1993-94, he led his team to the Memorial Cup finals, winning the Guy Lafleur Trophy and the Mike Bossy Trophy . A classic butterfly goaltender in the Patrick Roy mold, Fichaud looked to be a future NHL starting netminder.
Fichaud never lived up to the lofty expectations his fantastic junior career had led to, bouncing between the minor leagues and the NHL. Shoulder injuries played a key role, and despite Fichaud's best efforts, he was unable to recapture his previous form. Eventually, Fichaud settled into the role as the starting goalie for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in 2002-03.
He played in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey from 2004 to 2008 and then retired.
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