He may not have been a Los Angeles King for very long but he did nonetheless play a positive role in the club’s first Stanley Cup win in 2012. He was also part of the club’s Cup win in 2014, although his role was more limited to that of a spectator. Still, we pay respect to Colin Fraser who officially announced his retirement from hockey on Wednesday.
Fraser was playing in Germany this season where, in 17 games for the Nuermberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, the 30-year-old recorded five assists.
His current club issued the following statement regarding Fraser’s retirement, translated in English via LA Kings Insider:
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.”
Fraser’s NHL career ended last season following a one-game stint with the St. Louis Blues but won three Stanley Cups as a player — the first in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
This writer certainly hopes that Fraser’s decision to leave the game mid-season at a relatively young age does reflect on anything of a serious nature. With that said, I sincerely wish Fraser all the best in his future endeavors and while he wasn’t a member of the Los Angeles Kings for a long time, he will nonetheless be fondly remembered as he was instrumental in helping the club reach its ultimate goal.
Happy trails, Colin Fraser.