The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Zachary Fucale to a three year, entry level contract. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fucale was the first goalie taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, at 36th overall by the Canadiens. The native of Rosemere, Quebec, has played the past two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Fucale was a first round pick by the Mooseheads in 2011, and has not disappointed in his two Junior season thus far.
Fucale set plenty of rookie records in the QMJHL during his first season in Halifax, winning 32 games, and leading the team to the semi-finals in the playoffs. Zach would then go on a dream 12 month run, starting with a shutout for Team Canada in the Gold Medal game of the Ivan Hlincka Under 18 Tournament last August.
Fucale would then post an astounding record of 45-5-2 during the 2012-13 QMJHL regular season, and a 16-1 postseason record en route to winning the President’s Trophy as QMJHL Champion. The Mooseheads wouldn’t stop there, as Fucale would backstop the Nova Scotia squad to a Memorial Cup win as the top team in Canadian Junior hockey.
Zach was then drafted by his hometown Canadiens, and is now attending his first NHL training camp in his home province.