Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Curt Fraser Autograph Card

I was a bit surprised to find Curt Fraser in In The Game's 2013-14 Enforcers II series with this Autograph sub-set card (#A-CF in the collection, signed in black sharpie on what's a great use for a sticker):

Not that he was soft by any means, he did have memorable fights against the likes of Willi Plett and Bob Probert, but Fraser never hit the 200-PIM mark in the NHL (his tops was 182 penalty minutes in 1986-87 with the Chicago Blackhawks).

He's pictured as a member of the Vancouver Canucks - with their (in)famous black ''Flying V'' uniform from the early 1980s - a team for which he was a first-liner with Stan Smyl and helped lead to the Stanley Cup Finals, and with whom he had two of his five 25-goal seasons; the other three were with the Hawks.

A rare player to have suited up for both Team Canada (1978 World Juniors) and Team USA (1987 Canada Cup), Fraser played in 704 regular-season games (403 points and 1306 PIMs) and 65 more in the playoffs (33 points and 198 PIMs), retiring after the 1989-90 season with back problems.

He is currently an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars, and has head coaching experience with the Atlanta Thrashers as well as the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings' farm club.

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