Enforcers Make Monumental First Trade
Elmira, NY - The Elmira Enforcers took their next step in building a championship caliber team by adding the All Time League Leader in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, and games played to the roster. Ahmed Mahfouz comes from the Danville Dashers in exchange for future considerations, as the Enforcers add a strong locker room presence, as well as a solid player.
Mahfouz, 29, was on the first FHL championship team in 2011, when he played for the Akwesasne Warriors. He helped the Dayton Demonz to the league championship in 2014, and the Port Huron Prowlers to the title in 2016. In eight seasons in the FHL, the Ontario native has 227 goals and 442 assists in 328 games. Mahfouz has three 100-point seasons, with a career-best 111 points on 48 goals and 63 assists in 2012-13 with Dayton. He had 38 goals and 68 assists with Dayton in 2014-15, and 25 goals and 78 assists with the Port Huron Prowlers in 2016-17.
"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, I knew if I had a full season with him we could do some damage in this league." Mahfouz said of his choice to come to Elmira. "Another reason for Elmira was the great arena, city and people. I am excited to play in front of legit fans in a legit arena."
Last season he played in a combined 37 games with the Cornwall Nationals and Danville, posting 26 goals and 51 assists. Clarke said the high number of penalty minutes for Mahfouz are not a bad thing. "I had him last year and I brought him in for a reason. He is a game changer." Clarke said. "I love the way he plays. 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."
Though many in the league may consider him a tough guy and an intimidating presence on the ice, Mahfouz was very humble and couldn't wait to thank the people who brought him in here. “I want to thank Robbie [Nichols], Coach Clarke, and the whole Elmira organization for having enough confidence in me to come into a new city and a new organization and help lead this team into the right path.”
The Elmira Enforcers kickoff their first season on the road on Friday, October 16th when they take on the Danville Dashers. Their Home Opener is Friday, November 16th at First Arena when they welcome the Carolina Thunderbirds. Season ticket packages and sponsorship packages for Elmira's first season of FHL hockey are available now by contacting First Arena directly at (607) 734-7825.