First, the IceHogs signed 30-year old defenseman Brian Fahey on August 31 to a minor league contract.
Fahey (6-1, 215) spent most of this past season in Hershey with the Washington Capitals organization. Fahey also got his first taste of the NHL with the Capitals in seven games over separate call ups, the final being last December.
A fourth round pick of the Avalanche in 2000, Fahey has since bounced around the minors for Colorado, the Thrashers, Rangers, Capitals and on his own. Fahey’s best seasons came on stacked Chicago Wolves’ teams (2006-08) and on Hersey in 2010-11. Between those stops, Fahey had a forgettable year in Hartford that led to him getting dealt back to Colorado for bad seed Nigel Williams. He got back on track that year in Cleveland with the Monsters.
Fahey is a fundamentally sound veteran defender who provides the IceHogs with a strong right-handed shot from the point. He’ll make a sound pass into the neutral area, one area in dire need of improvement from last season. He’ll step into Ivan Vishnevskiy’s vacated spot on Rockford’s power play and Fahey will see time on the team’s revamped penalty kill but largely by default of better options.