Back on July 1, 2018, the Minnesota Wild signed forwards Eric Fehr and Matt Hendricks to one-year contracts. You may recall both Fehr and Hendricks previously played for Wild Head Coach, Bruce Boudreau, when Boudreau coached the Hershey Bears and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals will face the familiar faces Tuesday night In Minneapolis.
Boudreau coached the Hershey Bears for the 2005-06 season when they won the Calder Cup, the 2006-07 season when they advanced to the Calder Cup Finals and lost, and the very early portion of the 2007-08 season, up until he was asked to become Head Coach of the Washington Capitals.
Boudreau coached the Washington Capitals from Thanksgiving Day in 2007, until early December in 2011. He finished out the 2007-08 season, where the Caps came back from dead last in the NHL to win the Southeast Division championship and made the playoffs.
Hendricks played with the Bears for the 2006-07 season. He had contributed 12 points during 19 playoff games.
Fehr played with the Bears for the 2005-06 season and portions of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. He played about half the games in the former season and a handful in the latter until he was called up to the Caps for good.
While with the Bears, Fehr scored the game winning goal against the Portland Pirates in overtime of the Eastern Conference Finals, sending the Bears to the Calder Cup Final.
Eric “F16” Fehr played with the Caps under Boudreau from the time he was called up from Hershey in February 2008, until he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets during the off-season after the 2010-11 season. He ended up returning to the Caps during the 2012-13 season and stayed with them through the 2014-15 season but that was after Boudreau was gone.
Matt “The Paralyzer” Hendricks signed a contract with the Caps just before the 2010-11 season, after attending their training camp on a tryout basis. Hendricks signed with the Caps that year, as he wanted to play under Bruce Boudreau whom he had played under in Hershey. He remained with the Caps through the 2012-13 season even after Boudreau was let go.
This season, Fehr and Hendricks have been reunited with their former Head Coach. Fehr is currently the fourth-line center on the Wild. Hendricks, now 37 years old, is basically a depth forward. Hendricks, incidentally, is playing not far from his home town of Blaine, Minnesota, which is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
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Ten Years Ago – Capitals Appoint Boudreau Head Coach
10th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Washington Capitals’ 2007-2008 Season
Red Reflection: Despite the Playoff Failures, the Young Guns Era Certainly Left Me With Some Memories
Assessing The Washington Capitals First Round Picks
Would Matt Hendricks Be A Good Option For the Caps?
Fan Tribute to Eric Fehr
Saying Goodbye to the Good Guys