The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’2’’, 200-pound defenseman Jamie Fritsch to an amateur tryout under emergency conditions, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren. Fritsch will replace defenseman Ryan Parent, who is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. Under emergency conditions of an amateur tryout, Fritsch is available to play for a 24-hour period beginning with this evening’s game against the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center. He has been assigned uniform # 51.
“There are going to be some butterflies, but it will be good to get warm-ups in and get that first shift out of the way,” said Fritsch. “I just want to settle in and try and keep things simple and do my job out there.”
Fritsch, 24, recently completed his senior season at the University of New Hampshire, recording one goal and seven assists for eight points and 48 penalty minutes. In four seasons with the Wildcats (2005-06 through 2008-09), Fritsch had 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points and 171 penalty minutes in 146 career games.
Before joining UNH, the Odenton, Maryland native spent the 2004-05 season with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 46 games. Fritsch also played two seasons at Canterbury Prep in New Milford, Connecticut from 2002 through 2004.