Cassivi back in Bears’ den

The Hershey Bears announced today that one-time Hershey standout goaltender Frederic Cassivi has been signed for the 2005-06 season.

Cassivi returns to Hershey after posting an AHL-best 10 shutouts in 2004-05 for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. He posted a 25-18-2 record for the Mighty Ducks while ranking eighth in the league in goals-against average with a 2.07 mark while in the Queen City.

“Addressing our goaltending situation was a top priority for our club, and we are very happy to land Frederic Cassivi to help fill that role,” said Bears president/general manager Doug Yingst. “We’re pleased to welcome Fred back to Hershey.”

In 355 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Chicago, Hershey, Worcester, Syracuse and P.E.I., Cassivi owns a record of 156-141-32 with 18 shutouts. He won a Calder Cup championship as a member of Chicago’s title team in 2002, and helped the Bears to the Western Conference Finals in 2001.

Cassivi has also played in eight career NHL games with Atlanta, earning his first victory on Mar. 22, 2003 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.