ROANOKE, Va. – Former Roanoke Express center Vern Fiddler, who was selected to the 2002 East Coast Hockey League All-Star game as a rookie, was called up to Nashville of the National Hockey League on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Fiddler has a chance to make his NHL debut when the Predators play at Los Angeles on Saturday.
“It’s very satisfying to see one of our players climb his way to the top. Along with fielding a competitive team, our other objective is to develop young players so they can move up to the NHL,” said Roanoke head coach Perry Florio. “This is the reason we got rid of our older players and brought in fresh, young faces. Vern is the perfect example of how our system works and the philosophy that we believe in.”
Fiddler scored 55 points (27g-28a) in 44 games with Roanoke in 2001-02 before being called up to Norfolk of the American Hockey League where he finished the season, scoring 13 points (8g-5a) in 38 games.
He opened the 2002-03 season with Milwaukee of the AHL scoring six points (0g-6a) in six games.
He began his ECHL career in 2000-01 with Arkansas recording an assist in three regular season games and scoring three goals in five games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.