July 24, 2003
FAIRFIELD, CT (July 24, 2003) - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the National Hockey League announced the signing of former Sacred Heart goaltender Eddy Ferhi (Charenton, France) to a two-year entry-level contract Wednesday afternoon. Fehri is expected to be among the Anaheim prospects assigned to their Cincinnati affiliate of the American Hockey League.
The Charenton, France native signed a tryout contract with the Ducks earlier this season and was assigned to Cincinnati. He appeared in one game with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Anaheim's primary development affiliate, making 28 saves while allowing just two goals to earn a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Barons.
"We are very excited for Eddy," stated head coach Shaun Hannah. "I am very confident that he can contribute at the next level."
A 6-3, 181-pound goaltender, Ferhi turned in a stellar senior season in 2002-03, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Co-Goalie of the Year Award after posting the best goals-against-average (2.10) and save percentage (.922) in the league. A three-time winner of the MAAC Goalie-of-the-Week award this past season, he finished the year with a 12-11-5 record and three shutouts. He closed out his Pioneer career with a 2.63 goals against average, by far the best in Sacred Heart hockey history. His 36 career victories is tied for first all-time, and his 88 games played is the second highest total ever.
Ferhi is the third Pioneer to sign a pro contract this season from Sacred Heart and the first in the program's history to sign with a NHL team. Senior forward and captain Richard Naumann and senior defenseman Nick Nutcher both signed contracts with the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League for the balance of the 2002-03 season. That makes five players that the Pioneers have sent to the pros, including Lloyd Marks who signed with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the Central Hockey League, and Pete McRae who signed with the Bakersfield Condors of the West Coast Hockey League last season.
Sacred Heart finished with a 14-15-6 record this season and finished fourth in the MAAC under seven-year coach Shaun Hannah. The Pioneers lost in the first round of the MAAC playoffs, 2-0 to Bentley.