Despite not playing professional hockey since 2009-2010 when he played 51 games with the Vienna Capitals in Austria, the Reading Royals have decided to give retired goalie Frederic Cassivi a chance at a comeback at the age of 37, signing him to a contract for the remainder of the season.
Originally drafted 210th overall in 1994 by the Ottawa Senators, Cassivi spent several years in the minors before signing with the Colorado Avalanche in 1999 as a free agent, although he would play primarily for their minor league affiliate the Hershey Bears. He was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in 2002 and would actually make the Thrashers lineup for parts of two seasons. He primarily saw ice time with their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. He played for the Chicago Wolves for 3 seasons, 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04. He then played for the AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks for the 2004–05 season and posted a season best save percentage of 0.924 and GA of 2.07 with 10 SO, while winning 25 games.
For 2005–06, Cassivi returned to the AHL Hershey Bears and the Washington Capitals and posted his most wins during the regular season, 34, en route to winning the AHL Calder Cup. Cassivi earned the Calder Cup Playoff MVP award, the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, for his strong play in net during the series. Cassivi ranks fifth all-time in AHL league wins (232) and is tied for eighth all-time in shutouts (24). He also ranks fifth all-time in Hershey wins with 113, fifth in appearances with 246 and seventh in shutouts with nine.
Cassivi spent his last two professional seasons over in Europe, playing with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers in Germany (2008-2009) as well as the Vienna Capitals in Austria (2009-2010), posting strong numbers for both teams. Cassivi is expected to be in uniform for Reading’s game Sunday against Trenton.
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