Dan Frawley (ice hockey)

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Dan Frawley
Born (1962-06-02) June 2, 1962 (age 57)
Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 204th overall, 1980
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1981–1998

William Daniel Frawley (born June 2, 1962) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. During his junior hockey years, Frawley played for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHA and the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL, before being drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks, 204th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Frawley spent most of the next two years playing in the AHL. While playing with the Cornwall Royals, the team won the 1981 memorial cup against the Kitchener Rangers.[1]

NHL career[edit]

He played with the Blackhawks during the 1984–85 season (his NHL rookie season). On the 7 October 1985, Frawley was picked up off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he'd spent the next four years (the rest of his NHL career) with. His apparent leadership on the Penguins, was recognized with his appointment as captain in October 1987, a role he would hand over to Mario Lemieux two months later, because of a torn ligament that kept him out of the lineup. He received surgery for the injury and returned to play in early 1988.[2]

Return to the minors[edit]

In 1989 Frawley returned to the AHL, retiring in 1993. However, he came out of retirement in 1995 and played two more years, with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, winning the 1996 Calder Cup. He retired from professional hockey a second time in 1998, after the 1997–98 season.

Amerks Hall Of Fame[edit]

In 2003, Frawley was selected to the Rochester Americans Hall Of Fame. His contributions as a longtime player, and his work ethic earned him this honor.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 63 21 26 47 67 8 0 1 1 2
1980–81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 28 10 14 24 76 18 5 12 17 37
1980–81 Cornwall Royals MC 5 1 4 5 21
1981–82 Cornwall Royals OHL 64 27 50 77 239 5 3 8 11 19
1982–83 Springfield Indians AHL 80 30 27 57 107
1983–84 Springfield Indians AHL 69 22 34 56 137 4 0 1 1 12
1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 30 4 3 7 64 1 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 26 11 12 23 125
1985–86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 10 11 21 174
1986–87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 14 14 28 218
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 6 8 14 152
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 3 4 7 66
1988–89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 24 12 16 28 35 14 6 4 10 31
1989–90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 31 47 78 165 15 9 12 21 51
1990–91 Rochester Americans AHL 74 15 31 46 152 14 4 7 11 34
1991–92 Rochester Americans AHL 78 28 23 51 208 16 7 5 12 35
1992–93 Rochester Americans AHL 75 17 27 44 216 17 1 7 8 70
1995–96 Rochester Americans AHL 77 12 16 28 194 19 5 6 11 8
1996–97 Rochester Americans AHL 77 11 22 33 115 10 2 2 4 8
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 75 12 20 32 175 4 0 0 0 2
AHL totals 605 147 199 346 1284 84 19 28 47 166
NHL totals 273 37 40 77 674 1 0 0 0 0

Post-retirement[edit]

An Ojibwe from Nipissing First Nation, Frawley now resides in eastern Ontario, in Brinston, near Iroquois, with his wife, Wanda, and 4 sons.[1]

Keeping active in the First Nations community, Frawley and other Indigenous former NHL players, such as Ted Nolan, John Chabot, and Denny Lambert took part in a charity match in Wiikwemkoong First Nation against the local police force January 28, 2017.[3] Frawley and many other former native NHL players are very active in their native communities, engaging native youth as motivational speakers teaching about the importance of education, goal setting, substance abuse, and life skills that the future native leaders will need. They often host hockey clinics to encourage both young male and female athletes to enhance their physical skills as well as to develop an understanding of teamwork and cooperation with others.[4] Since 2007, Frawley has been coaching minor hockey in the small native community of Chisasibi, using hockey as a means to teach young native athletes about the importance of education and physical activity.[1] Initially, he was a hockey instructor for the Chisasibi Junior hunters minor midget team, and is now a youth hockey coordinator in Chisasibi.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d nurun.com. "Frawley giving back to the game". Brockville Recorder. Archived from the original on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  2. ^ "1980 NHL Entry Draft -- Dan Frawley". www.hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  3. ^ Productions, Patrick Gilbert. "NHL Indigenous alumni to take on Wiky and UCCM Police Services at centre ice Jan. 28". anishinabeknews.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  4. ^ Couchie, Les (October 12, 2006). "Team Aboriginal NHL Alumni ready to hit the ice". Marketwired. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ www.selectrum.com, Selectrum Communications -. "HitTheIce.tv". www.hittheice.tv. Retrieved 2018-03-25.

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Preceded by
Terry Ruskowski
Pittsburgh Penguins captain
1987
Succeeded by
Mario Lemieux