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Ducks Sign Fasth to One-Year Contract

Monday, 05.21.2012 / 4:38 PM / News
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Ducks Sign Fasth to One-Year Contract
The Ducks have signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a one-year contract through the 2012-13 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Fasth, 29 (8/8/82), has been named the Swedish Elite League’s Goaltender of the Year (Honken Trophy) in each of the last two seasons, becoming the first goalie to do so since Henrik Lundqvist (Vastra Frolunda, 2002-2005). The 6-0, 192-pound goaltender played the 2011-12 regular season with AIK Stockholm, recording five shutouts with a 2.12 GAA and .931 SV%  in 46 games. He ranked third among Swedish Elite League (SEL) goaltenders in SV%, second in shutouts and saves (1,290), and tied for third in wins (19). He led AIK to the semifinals of the SEL playoffs, recording one shutout with a 2.79 GAA and .921 SV% in 12 appearances. He also played in eight games for Team Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, going 4-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average (GAA) and .902 save percentage (SV%).

A native of Kalix, Sweden, Fasth began his international career at the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia, helping lead his country to the championship game and an eventual silver medal. Along with a 6-1 record, three shutouts and a 1.71 GAA, Fasth led tournament goaltenders with a .946 SV% en route to being named the tournament’s MVP and top goaltender. He made his SEL debut with AIK Stockholm in 2010-11, registering two shutouts, a 2.26 GAA and .924 SV% in 42 games. Fasth, who ranked third among SEL goaltenders in SV% during the regular season, also made his SEL playoff debut in 2011, posting one shutout, a 1.78 GAA and .945 SV%. He was named the SEL Player of the Year (Golden Puck award) in 2010-11 and won his first Honken Trophy as the Goaltender of the Year. 

Shortly after agreeing to the deal with Anaheim, Fasth spoke with reporters via conference call from his home in Sweden. The following is a transcript:


On signing a one-year deal
I’m really happy and looking forward to joining the organization. It’s a dream come true for me. I’m really excited.

On choosing the Ducks
The Ducks showed a real big interest. I had the feeling that they wanted to give me this chance and they believe in me. That is very important for me.

On this being the time to come over to the NHL
I’m really glad to have this opportunity to come over to the NHL. It’s always been a big dream for me. It was a tough decision for me last year, but we choose to stay home in Sweden. This year felt great and it was really hard to turn down. Turning it down was never an option.

On how long he had thoughts of playing in the NHL
I have played two years now in the Swedish Elite League. Before that, I was in the second league and third league. It was basically at the end of last season where I started to think about it and think it was a possibility for me. As a kid, I always dreamt about playing in the NHL. It’s the world’s best league. I’m really glad to get this chance.

On talking with other Swedish NHLers about the experience
I talked to the guys this year during the World Championships and started getting some information on how it is out there. I asked how Anaheim is and I got just got words about it. It made me feel really happy.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
6 WPG 62 31 20 11 173 168 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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