Ex-Hawk Fraser has fond memories
October, 29, 2010
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
AP Photo/Mike FuentesOilers center Colin Fraser has fond memories of his days with the Blackhawks.The Chicago Blackhawks' game Friday against the Edmonton Oilers starts a run against former Hawks who played a role in winning the Stanley Cup last season.
Fourth-line center Colin Fraser was traded to the Oilers just two weeks after the Hawks won the Cup.
The bond is still tight between former teammates, but not so much when they take the ice against each other.
"We are friends, but on the ice it's business," Fraser's closest ex-teammate Troy Brouwer said. "I want to see him do well, but at the same time I don't want to see him do too well against us."
Fraser is excited to play his old team and re-live some memories. His favorite one?
"The parade was something you'll never forget," Fraser said after the Oilers' Friday morning practice. "It was unbelievable to be a part of."
And which of the Hawks does Fraser want to have some contact with?
"My roommate [Brent] Seabrook, how about that," he joked.
Joel Quenneville was asked why sixth-round pick of 2008, Ben Smith, was recalled to take Marian Hossa's place over some bigger name prospects like Kyle Beach or Igor Makarov.
"The guys down there [Rockford] are watching them play every day and every game," Quenneville said. "Be the need or the fit or deserving of it, he probably fits all criteria and earned the chance."
Smith provides some speed, and Quenneville calls him "a good professional at a young age."
Smith said he was excited and admits it's been quicker than he thought to make his NHL debut, having just finished up at Boston College last season after winning the NCAA championship. He noted he can't be afraid to make a mistake.
Smith will mark the third Hawk coming from Rockford to make his NHL debut following Brandon Pirri and Evan Brophey.
Kopecky at Center
Patrick Sharp remains at wing and Tomas Kopecky starts at center for the second consecutive game. Kopecky won't have his close friend Marian Hossa next to him.
"I got [Kane] next to me," Kopecky said. "He's a little different player, but both are top, elite players. I'm just going to do my job."
The lines for Friday's game are as follows:
Patrick Sharp/Jonathan Toews/Viktor Stalberg
Troy Brouwer/Tomas Kopecky/Patrick Kane
Fernando Pisani/Dave Bolland/Ben Smith
Bryan Bickell/Jake Dowell/Jack Skille