Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Curt Fraser
Curt Fraser was one of the most underrated power forwards in the NHL during a career that lasted over 700 games. Not only was he one of the league's toughest customers, but he also scored at least 25-goals five times.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fraser spent the 1973-74 season with the Kelowna Buckaroos of the BCJHL. He then enjoyed four exemplary years with the WHL's Victoria Cougars where he topped the 40-goal mark twice and registered over 600 penalty minutes. In 1978 the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL Amateur Draft chose him 22nd overall. During his last year of junior, Fraser won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 1978 World Junior Championships.

The hard-nosed left-winger scored 35 points for Vancouver in 1978-79. The next year he played with even more self-assurance and scored 42 points and improved his plus/minus rating by fourteen points. The next two seasons Fraser teamed with Stan Smyl and Thomas Gradin and scored a combined 53 goals. In 1982, he scored ten points in 17 playoff games as the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history.

After a slow start in 1982-83, Fraser was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Toni Tanti. The veteran winger thrived in a grinding role on the hard-nosed Hawks and helped the team reach the semi- finals in 1983 and 1985. He recorded three straight 20-goal seasons for the Hawks and played for the United States at the 1987 Canada Cup. In January 1988 he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Dirk Graham and was a useful grinder until he retired eight games into the 1989-90 season.

Fraser immediately turned to coaching after hanging up his skates. He began in 1989 as an assistant with the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals and later took over as head coach in 1992. In 1995, Fraser was hired as the bench boss of the Orlando Solar Bears and guided the club to an appearance in the Turner Cup finals. He was hired as the first coach of the NHL's expansion Atlanta Thrashers in July 1999 and was subsequently relieved of his duties midway through the 2002-03 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 North Shore Winter Club Minor-BC
1973-74 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 52 32 32 64 85
1974-75 Victoria Cougars WCJHL 68 17 32 49 105 12 2 3 5 22
1975-76 Victoria Cougars WCJHL 71 43 64 107 167 18 3 8 11 38
1976-77 Victoria Cougars WCJHL 60 34 41 75 82 4 4 2 6 4
1977-78 Victoria Cougars WCJHL 66 48 44 92 256 13 10 7 17 28
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 5 0 2 2 0
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 16 19 35 116 -7 3 0 2 2 6
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 17 25 42 143 +7 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 25 24 49 118 -19 3 1 0 1 2
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 28 39 67 175 +2 17 3 7 10 98
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 6 7 13 99 -7
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 38 6 13 19 77 +2 13 4 4 8 18
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 29 5 12 17 28 +9 5 0 0 0 14
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 25 25 50 109 +3 15 6 3 9 36
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 29 39 68 84 +11 3 0 1 1 12
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 25 25 50 182 +5 2 1 1 2 10
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 4
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 4 6 10 57 -13
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 1 1 2 20 -7
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 35 5 5 10 76 -15
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 1 0 1 22 -5
NHL Totals 704 193 240 433 1306 65 15 18 33 198


Traded to Chicago by Vancouver for Tony Tanti, January 6, 1983.
Missed majority of 1983-84 due to knee injury vs. Minnesota, November 5, 1983. Traded to Minnesota by Chicago for Dirk Graham, January 4, 1988.
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