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Curt Fraser
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Born January 12, 1958 (1958-01-12) (age 61)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Chicago Black Hawks
Vancouver Canucks
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1978
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1978–1990

Curt Fraser (born Curtis Martin Fraser on January 12, 1958) is a former ice hockey player who currently serves as assistant coach of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.

Playing CareerEdit

Curt played junior hockey with the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League, where he set franchise records for goals, assists, points and penalty minutes.

He was then drafted 22nd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

Curt made the team right away and was placed on a line with fellow rookies Thomas Gradin & Stan Smyl. The trio would be the Canucks' top offensive line for the next four years and play a large role in the club's trip to the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals.

On December 20, 1982, Curt was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Tony Tanti. He had his best season in Chicago, registering 68 points (29 goals and 39 assists) in only 61 games in 1985–86.

After five years with the Hawks, he was dealt to the Minnesota North Stars on January 2, 1988 for Dirk Graham.

After playing in only 53 games over the next two and a half years with the Stars, Curt's back problems forced him to retire in 1990.

Coaching CareerEdit

After his playing career ended, Curt embarked upon a coaching career.

After minor league stops in Milwaukee, Syracuse and Orlando, he became the first head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999.

Curt's record was 64–169–46 over three and a half seasons with Atlanta before being fired in 2003. Since then he has served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues.

Recently, Curt has coached the Belarusian national men's ice hockey team at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Championships.

On July 23, 2008, the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Grand Rapids Griffins hired Fraser as their head coach, where he served until June 18, 2012 when he was hired by the Dallas Stars as assistant coach.

Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
Atlanta Thrashers1999–2000 82145774395th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
2000–01 822345122604th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
2001–02 821947115545th in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
2002–03 3382014(74)3rd in SoutheastMissed Playoffs
Total 279641693115

International PlayEdit

Owing to his dual U.S./Canadian citizenship, Curt has represented both countries in international tournaments. He played for Canada at the 1978 World Junior Championship and for the USA at the 1987 Canada Cup.

Personal LifeEdit

Curtis was born in Cincinnati while his father played for the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Cincinnati Mohawks. He was raised in Winnipeg & Vancouver, Canada.

In 1983, he was diagnosed with diabetes and is active in fundraising and awareness efforts for the disease.