Colin Fraser

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Colin Fraser
Colin Fraser - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Fraser during the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
Born (1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 30)
Sicamous, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Centre/Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2003
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2005–present

Colin Fraser (born January 28, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the St. Louis Blues organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also previously played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. Fraser is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won the Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and the Kings in 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Minor/Junior[edit]

Fraser as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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.

Professional[edit]

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.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 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.

Awards[edit]

Fraser (left) at the 2012 Stanley Cup parade.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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 0
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
NHL totals 359 20 38 58 290 39 1 3 4 16

International[edit]

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

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Preceded by
Chris Campoli
Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2005
Succeeded by
Mike Angelidis
Preceded by
Braydon Coburn
Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
2005
Succeeded by
Wacey Rabbit