Dan Fritsche

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Dan Fritsche
Dan Fritsche.JPG
Born (1985-07-13) July 13, 1985 (age 29)
Parma, OH, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Center / Left Wing
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
HC Lugano
Genève-Servette HC
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 46th overall, 2003
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2003–present

Daniel J. Fritsche (born July 13, 1985 in Parma, Ohio) is a Swiss-American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A.

Playing career[edit]

Fritsche began his junior hockey career with his hometown Cleveland Barons of the North American Hockey League. He then played for the Sarnia Sting and the London Knights, and won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, playing for the United States. He won a Memorial Cup playing for the Knights in 2005. He also played youth hockey for the Parma Flyers and is one of three players to go into the NHL from there. The other two players are Brian Holzinger and Michael Rupp.

Fritsche was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 46th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets. After playing for parts of four seasons with the Blue Jackets, Fritsche was traded along with Nikolai Zherdev to the New York Rangers on July 2, 2008 for defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Bäckman.[1]

To start the 2008–09 season, Fritsche was a frequent healthy scratch in his first season with the Rangers due to the general healthiness of the team after Fritsche did not have a spot in the opening night lineup.[2] On January 29, 2009, Fritsche was traded by the Rangers to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Erik Reitz.[3] After finishing the season with the Wild, Fritsche was not tendered a qualifying offer and became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009.[4]

On September 3, 2009, Fritsche was invited to the Atlanta Thrashers training camp for the 2009–10 season,[5] but was not offered a contract. On October 5, 2009, he returned to the Blue Jackets organization by signing a contract with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.[6]

In 2010, Fritsche began playing in Switzerland's National League A for Geneve-Servette HC (GSHC).

In January 2013, he signed a three-year contract with the HC Lugano that will link him with the team through 2016.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Cleveland Jr. Barons NAHL 49 23 29 52 47 1 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Sarnia Sting OHL 17 5 13 18 20
2002–03 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 32 39 71 79 5 2 2 4 4
2003–04 Sarnia Sting OHL 27 16 13 29 26 5 1 5 6 0
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 19 1 0 1 12
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 4 2 0 2 0 4 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Sarnia Sting OHL 2 1 1 2 0
2004–05 London Knights OHL 28 17 18 35 18 17 9 13 22 12
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 59 6 7 13 22
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 19 5 4 9 12 6 2 2 4 8
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 59 12 15 27 35
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 69 10 12 22 22
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 16 1 3 4 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 34 4 5 9 10
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 67 13 29 42 12
2010–11 Genève-Servette HC NLA 39 15 18 33 66
2011–12 Genève-Servette HC NLA 14 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 256 34 42 76 103

Personal life[edit]

His cousin, John, plays for Fribourg-Gottéron.

His uncle, John Fritsche Sr., was a longtime player in Switzerland for HC Ambri-Piotta, HC Lugano and EV Zug, played for the United States at the 1990 World Hockey Championship, and coached the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets.

His younger brother, Tom, was a prospect in the Colorado Avalanche system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Columbus sends Zherdev to the Rangers". TSN.ca. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  2. ^ Brooks, Larry (2009-01-21). "Prucha back on Rangers bench". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Wild acquire Fritsche from Rangers". NHL. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Wild makes qualifying offers to six RFA's". NHL. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Legacy, Popovic and Fritsche at Atlanta". (in French) RDS.ca. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  6. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (2009-10-05). "Fritsche coming back to Syracuse Crunch". Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 

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