Some massive news out of the Federal Hockey League broke on Wednesday night when the Port Huron Prowlers and Cornwall Nationals announced a trade that will send the league’s leading scorer in Ahmed Mahfouz from Port Huron to Cornwall.
Mahfouz has played in the FHL since its inception in the 2010-11 season, suiting up for three different teams over those seven seasons, racking up 201 goals and 592 points in just 291 games.
Port Huron owner Barry Sorkin said in a release that the trade was made to accommodate Mahfouz’s desire to play closer to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, so friends and family can see him play more often. Cornwall is roughly an 75 minutes away from Ottawa.
Oddly, in the release on both the FHL and Port Huron websites, there is no mention of what Cornwall is sending back to Port Huron in this trade, but it’s safe to say that it won’t equal what Mahfouz is worth.
UPDATE: The Times Herald in Port Huron reports the Prowlers will receive cash considerations and players to be named later.
Mahfouz hit his high-water mark in the 2012-13 season with the Dayton Demonz, racking up 111 points in just 46 games. He has three 100-plus point seasons under his belt in the FHL, netting 106 in 2014-15, and 103 last year with Port Huron.
I have no way of officially knowing this, because the FHL website doesn’t keep records or list them on the site, but I would have to imagine he is the FHL’s all-time leading scorer.
Mahfouz joins a team that was 16-34-4-3 last season, finishing in 6th place (out of 7 teams), and was fourth in goals scored.
FHL announces North Shore Knights new pages
After the big trade went down, the league announced on its Facebook page at around 3 a.m. EST that the North Shore Nights have officially launched new pages for the team website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. The team officially relocated on July 19, according to league officials.
The Knights, formerly the Saints in St. Clair Shores, are looking for a fresh start after going 11-40-3-1 last season, finishing last in the standings with 40 points (FHL uses a 3-2-1 system) and last in goals scored and second to last in goals against.
The Knights will play their home games at three different arenas in the area in an effort to build a fanbase in the region.
Nationals re-sign Yan Dumontier
Prior to the acquisition of Mahfouz, the Nationals brought back defenseman Yan Dumontier on Monday after he played 15 games for the Nats last season. Dumontier had 2 goals and 2 assists in those 15 games and was a +6 for a team that gave up the most goals in the league.
Dumontier was a pretty decent prospect prior to the start of his junior career, getting drafted by the QMJHL and playing for four different teams in four years. Prior to joining the Nationals and the FHL he played 23 games in the LNAH (Low pro league in Quebec), recording 3 assists in 23 games.
Danville Dashers re-sign Justin Levac
Last week Friday the defending champion Danville Dasher announced they were bringing back forward Justin Levac, who had played six seasons in the FHL, four with the Dashers.
Levac has been a point-per-game player for the Dasher, recording 203 points in 175 games. Levac also has three stints in other leagues, playing in the SPHL in 2011-12, a stop with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL in 2012-13, and a full season with the St. Charles Chill of the defunct CHL in 2013-14.
Levac was assistant captain last season, and this year will be a player/assistant coach for the Dashers.