"Make 'em pay" was his mantra.
Colin Fraser retired from professional hockey on Wednesday, as announced by the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the German Elite League.
Fraser, 30 years old, spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL, three of which came with the Kings, and leaves the game, as a player, with three Stanley Cup Championships to his name (2010, 2012, 2014). Fortunately, Fraser’s decision to hang up the skates was a decision of his own, rather than one forced upon him from the physical tolls professional hockey can take on one’s body.
“My decision was purely personal reasons," Fraser said. "I want to emphasize once again that my family and I have felt in Nuremberg and at the Ice Tigers very well and both city and organization will always keep good memories.”
Fraser’s most memorable moment with the Kings came during Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, when he snapped home a Jordan Nolan feed past Martin Brodeur to score the series’ first goal. The Kings would eventually go on to win that game 2-1 in OT.
The ideal team-first player, Fraser’s role on the ice was a gritty one; often on the fourth-line where the minutes may have been scarce, but were certainly played hard, honest, and valiantly.
And, his role, was one he played well.
“He was awesome. He was always keeping the room loose and telling jokes. He was a great team guy. He knew his role, he did his role, and he was great at it,” said Trevor Lewis.
In 134 games with the Kings, Fraser recorded 17 points (3G, 14A), 122 penalty minutes, averaging 9:28 minutes of ice time in each game he played. In a combined 34 playoff games with the Kings in 2012 and 2013, Fraser chipped in with four points (1G, 3A).