ELMIRA - The Elmira Enforcers announced their first trade in team history Tuesday at a press conference at First Arena. The Enforcers will acquire right winger Ahmed Mahfouz from the Danville Dashers for future considerations.
Mahfouz is the all time leader in every offensive category in the Federal Hockey League including goals, assists and points, and is only 29-years-old.
“I’m extremely to have him here with us,” Elmira head coach Brent Clarke said. “He’s a game-changer every game. To be able to bring a player in of his capability is exciting.”
Clarke coached Mahfouz a season ago in Danville, who he racked up eight goals and 10 assists in only nine games. The familiarity between the two made it a perfect match.
“Once I saw Brent Clarke got the coaching job in Elmira, I really wanted to come because after working under him last season, at the end,” Mahfouz said. “I knew if I had a full season with him we could do some damage in this league.”
In nine FHL seasons, Mahfouz has recorded 227 goals and 442 assists with the Akwesasne Warriors, Dayton Demonz, Port Huron Prowlers, Cornwall Nationals and the Danville Dashers.
“It’s a huge acquisition for us,” said Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols. “This is a player you want to come watch. He’s exciting, he can score goals, he can fight. This is a brand of hockey that people will enjoy, he’s the best in the league.
In addition to leading in all offensive categories, Mahfouz also is the all-time league leader in penalty minutes.
“I love the way he plays,” said Clarke. “He plays with a lot of heart and makes everyone around him better. He’s a good character guy in the room who’ll stand up for teammates and is an all-around good player. Fans are really gonna love watching him play.”
Bringing in a veteran leader like Mahfouz is key when creating a new franchise and comes with high expectations.
“People that have seen how we’ve operated out franchises in the past will see a very exciting hockey team,” Nichols said. “I think this is first piece of our excitement, he’s going to play hard every night, he’s won championships. I think people will fall in love with him. He’s going to become a cult hero here. In Elmira, he could be the new Brad Wingfield or the new Frank Littlejohn.”
Season tickets as well as sponsorship packages for Elmira’s first season of FHL hockey are still available now by contacting First Arena directly at (607) 734-7825. Single game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 A.M.