Colin Fraser (ice hockey)

Colin Fraser (born January 28, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He played in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues. Fraser is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, having won the Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, and the Kings in 2012 and 2014. After retiring from professional hockey in 2015, Fraser returned to the Blackhawks to work in their scouting department.

Colin Fraser
Colin Fraser - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Fraser with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012
Born (1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 36)
Sicamous, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Centre/Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2003
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2005–2015

Playing careerEdit

Minor/JuniorEdit

Fraser was born in Sicamous, but raised in Surrey, British Columbia. Growing up, he played minor hockey with the Pacific Vipers of Vancouver with future Chicago Blackhawks teammates Brent Seabrook, Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer.[1] He went on to play major junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Red Deer Rebels for four years. He spent time as their team captain. Following a 52-point campaign in his second WHL season, Fraser was drafted in the third round, 69th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In the subsequent season after being drafted by the Flyers, Fraser was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 19, 2004, while still in the WHL, along with Jim Vandermeer and a second round selection (Bryan Bickell) in 2004 in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov and a fourth round selection (R. J. Anderson) in 2004.

ProfessionalEdit

 
Fraser with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010

In the subsequent season after being drafted by the Flyers and while still in the WHL, Fraser was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 19, 2004, along with Jim Vandermeer and a second-round draft pick (Bryan Bickell) in 2004 in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov and a 2004 fourth-round pick (R. J. Anderson). Turning professional in 2004–05, Fraser made his debut with the Blackhawks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, appearing in a handful of games following the completion of his fourth and final WHL season. He remained in Norfolk for several seasons and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in 2006–07, dressing for one game. In 2007–08, the Rockford IceHogs became Chicago's AHL affiliate, where Fraser scored an AHL career-high 41 points while also playing in five games for the Blackhawks.

During the 2009–10 season, Fraser won the Stanley Cup while playing with the Chicago Blackhawks; he played in three playoff games. On June 24, 2010, it was announced that he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2010 sixth-round draft choice (Mirko Hoefflin).[2]

On June 26, 2011, Fraser was traded by the Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings, along with a seventh-round pick in 2012, for Ryan Smyth.[3] Fraser scored the Kings' first goal in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils, a 2–1 Kings overtime victory. He won his second Stanley Cup on June 11, 2012, with the Kings. He then signed a two-year, $1.65 million contract extension on June 23.[4] On February 8, 2014, the Kings placed Fraser on waivers for the purpose of demoting him to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.[5][6] On April 22, the Kings then recalled Fraser during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs against the San Jose Sharks;[7] however, he did not appear in any playoff games and was not an official member of the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning team; his name was not engraved on the Cup.

On September 5, 2014, the St. Louis Blues announced that they had signed Fraser to a one-year, two-way contract.[8] He did not win a place with the Blues during training camp and, after clearing waivers, was assigned to the Chicago Wolves, their AHL affiliate. On December 31, 2014, Fraser was recalled by St. Louis from the Wolves and subsequently played his first game for the Blues against the Anaheim Ducks on January 2, 2015.

On June 16, 2015, as an impending free agent, Fraser signed to continue his career in Europe in agreeing to a one-year contract with German club, the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[9] In the midst of the 2015–16 season, Fraser had appeared in 17 games for the Ice Tigers, registering 5 assists, before opting to immediately retire from professional hockey due to personal reasons on November 18, 2015.[10]

After retiring from professional ice hockey, Fraser became an amateur scout for his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks.[11]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2005 Grand Forks

During his junior career, Fraser competed for Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks. He recorded five points in six games, helping Canada to a gold medal win against Russia in the Final. The gold medal marked Canada's first championship of a five-year run.

 
Fraser (left) and Jordan Nolan at the 2012 Stanley Cup parade.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 11 31 42 126 23 2 1 3 39
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 69 15 37 52 192 22 7 6 13 40
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 24 29 53 174 19 5 9 14 24
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 63 24 43 67 148 7 2 5 7 8
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 3 0 0 0 20 6 1 0 1 2
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 12 13 25 145 4 0 0 0 7
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 67 12 24 36 158 6 1 0 1 21
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 75 17 24 41 165 12 1 2 3 28
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 0 0 0 7
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 6 11 17 55 2 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 7 12 19 44 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 3 2 5 60
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 2 6 8 67 18 1 1 2 4
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 34 2 5 7 25 16 0 2 2 10
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 33 0 2 2 30
2013–14 Manchester Monarchs AHL 10 3 3 6 4
2014–15 Chicago Wolves AHL 59 9 8 17 67 5 1 0 1 4
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 17 0 5 5 69
NHL totals 359 20 38 58 290 39 1 3 4 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada Pacific U17   6 1 0 1 6
2005 Canada WJC   6 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 12 2 4 6 8

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy 2005
Humanitarian of the Year Award 2005
NHL
Stanley Cup champion 2010, 2012, 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "From Vipers to Hawks, they're still together". Vancouver Sun. 2009-02-07. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Oilers land Colin Fraser". The Globe and Mail. Toronto.
  3. ^ "Oilers acquire Smyth from Kings for Fraser, 7th round pick". The Sports Network. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Stoll, Fraser stay aboard". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  5. ^ Kings place Colin Fraser on waivers
  6. ^ "Colin Fraser of the Los Angeles Kings to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  7. ^ Kings Recall Colin Fraser
  8. ^ Yerdon, Joe (September 5, 2014). "Blues sign Colin Fraser — one-year two-way deal". Pro Hockey Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Two time Stanley Cup winner Fraser is coming to Nurnberg" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2015-06-16. Archived from the original on 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  10. ^ "Colin Fraser ends his hockey career" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2015-11-18. Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  11. ^ Powers, Scott. "Colin Fraser at home in new role with Blackhawks". The Athletic.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
2005
Succeeded by