Colin Fraser announces retirement - LA Kings Insider

Former Los Angeles King Colin Fraser has retired from professional hockey, via this release on the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers website.

The release, translated into English via Google Translate, reads:

Forward Colin Fraser terminated with immediate effect his career as a professional hockey for personal reasons. The 30-year-old Canadian has informed the sporting management of Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers last Monday of its decision.

“Colin has decided after long reflection to end his career. It is a decision that we respect, of course. For us this is very unfortunate, because Colin has given for us in every game all. We would like to thank him for his great commitment and wish him and his family all the very best for the future, “said Ice-Tigers sports director Martin Jiranek.

Colin Fraser: “My decision was purely personal reasons. 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.”

Most importantly, here’s to hoping that the personal reasons that have precipitated a mid-season retirement are not severe, and that everything is fine with him and his family.

In his playing career, Fraser was the epitome of a team-first player, and littered his career with championship achievements. He won a gold medal as part of Canada’s star-studded 2005 World Junior Championship team and was a 2010, 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup champion, though he didn’t play with the Kings after a February, 2014 assignment to AHL-Manchester (he did return for the playoffs and traveled, but did not get into a game). During his junior hockey career with WHL-Red Deer, he was named the WHL and CHL Humanitarian of the Year for his community work in the 2004-05 season.

His final NHL game was a 4-3 loss to Anaheim on January 2, his only game with the St. Louis Blues last season. Fraser had signed with DEL-Nürnberg over the off-season.

Darryl Sutter reflected on several of his Colin Fraser memories after Wednesday’s practice.

“…Probably the one that everybody should remember would be he was on the ice for the last shift when they won the Stanley Cup, and he was the first guy, I think, who jumped Jonathan Quick,” he said. “He scored a big goal in that series, too, going into New Jersey – the goal on Brodeur from the slot.”

2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final ? Game Six

Said Trevor Lewis: “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.”

That, of course, was representative of a fully balanced 2011-12 Kings team that brought the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history. Simon Gagne, another 2012 Cup winner, was honored Tuesday night by the Flyers.

“I think everyone kind of knew their role and accepted it, and everyone did a good job at it,” Lewis said of the 2011-12 team. “I think once you accept that role and you take it on and you take pride in it, and I think that’s what we did then.”

Los Angeles Kings v New Jersey Devils - Game One

Of the 24 members of the 2011-12 team whose names were engraved on the Stanley Cup, 11 currently play for the Kings, six play for other NHL teams, two play for teams outside of the NHL, and five are out of hockey.

Jonathan Bernier (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Dustin Brown
Jeff Carter
Kyle Clifford
Drew Doughty

Davis Drewiske (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)
Colin Fraser
Simon Gagne
Matt Greene
Dwight King
Anze Kopitar
Trevor Lewis
Alec Martinez

Willie Mitchell (Florida Panthers)
Jordan Nolan
Dustin Penner
Jonathan Quick
Mike Richards
Brad Richardson (Arizona Coyotes)
Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Jarret Stoll (New York Rangers)
Slava Voynov (SKA St. Petersburg)
Kevin Westgarth
Justin Williams (Washington Capitals)

Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Six

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.