Sunday, November 11, 2012

Eric Heffler

3 NHL Games

November 26, 1999 Edmonton Oilers vs Detroit Red Wings. 2-4 loss.
November 27, 1999 Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs. 2-5 loss.
November 9, 2000 Edmonton Oilers vs Philadelphia Flyers. 0-2 loss.

   Eric Heffler spent four seasons tending net at St. Lawrence University. He was never drafted but gained some attention when he was named a First Team All-American, ECAC Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and Hobey Baker Award finalist in his last year of college. The Edmonton Oilers were interested and signed Heffler to an AHL tryout deal to finish the 1998/99 season. The following summer the Oilers signed Heffler to a two-year contract. 

   When Bill Ranford suffered an inner ear infection late November, 1999 the Edmonton Oilers were left with a hole in their net. Eric Heffler was given the call. “I was hoping to get home for Thanksgiving,” joked Heffler, “but this is a good reason not too.” He would serve as Tommy Salo’s backup for two games that season. (1) 

   Almost a year later Heffler’s second NHL gig came when the Oilers wanted to give their backup netminder, Joaquin Gage, a chance to play in the AHL. They sent him down for a few days and as a result Heffler saw one more game as an NHL backup. 

  • Wore #31 during his 2 games in 1999.  Wore #30 for his only call up in 2000.  

Career Stats from
Born  -- Geneva, NY 
Height 6.03 -- Weight 190 -- Shoots L
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1994-95Oshawa LegionairesMetJHL2900
1995-96St. Lawrence UniversityECAC400553003.25
1996-97St. Lawrence UniversityECAC120245831004.06231
1997-98St. Lawrence UniversityECAC2614152973022.908140
1998-99St. Lawrence UniversityECAC3714220688002.392212311850.931
1998-99Hamilton BulldogsAHL2001195002.52110770.939---
1999-00Hamilton BulldogsAHL47082643138553.131125713960.910---
2000-01Hamilton BulldogsAHL1900103768203.9351105540.891---
2000-01Greensboro GeneralsECHL150082155104.0241004620.894---
2001-02New Haven KnightsUHL100260132113.204512760.896---
2001-02B.C. IcemenUHL90042119302.714312480.929---

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