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Gord Fraser
Gord Fraser
Number: 5
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 3, 1902
Birthplace: Pembroke, ON, Canada
Acquired: 1. NHL rights transferred to Detroit after NHL club purchased Victoria (WHL) franchise on May 15, 1926; 2. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with $5,000 for Duke Keats on December 16, 1927.
Defenseman Gord Fraser was a physical player who could also contribute on offence. He played 144 NHL games in five different cities and was an accomplished performer in the minors and the PCHA.

Fraser played in the Big 4 League with the Calgary Wanderers/Tigers. In November 1921 he was signed by the PCHA's Seattle Metropolitans and was a solid player for three seasons. After he was traded to the WCHL's Victoria Cougars, Fraser played two more years out West. In a 1926 the Detroit Cougars obtained his rights when they bought the Victoria franchise and joined the NHL. Before the next season began, the rugged defender was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks who were also entering the league.

Fraser scored 14 goals for the Hawks in 1926-27 and was an intimidating presence on defense. He began the next season in Chicago before he was traded back to the Cougars for Duke Keats. His offensive totals decreased, but Fraser continued to play tough in his own end. In 1928-29, he spent more time in the Can Pro League than the NHL. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for cash and played the first ten games of the 1929-30 season there. He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Bert McCaffery and was a solid force for the remainder of the season.

The Great Depression took its toll on the Pittsburgh franchise and it was relocated across the state to Philadelphia. He played five games for the woeful Quakers but spent more time with the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets of the IAHL. He remained in the minors for five more years before retiring as a player and coaching the EHL's Baltimore Orioles for one season.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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