In keeping with the Spengler Cup theme of late, today we’re looking at a member of Genève-Servette that happens to be an Ontario Hockey League grad. Despite relative success in North America since leaving the OHL after the 2004-05 season, Dan Fritsche opted to play in Switzerland this season. Perhaps, following his roots as his uncle John played several years in Switzerland. Genève-Servette is one of the six teams participating in the annual Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland over the Christmas holidays.
Fritsche played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2004-05. He was a member of the Sarnia Sting until his final season when he was moved to the London Knights to bolster their powerhouse team. The Knights, of course, went on to win the Hamilton Spectator as regular season champs, the Robertson Cup as OHL playoff champs and the Memorial Cup as CHL champs.
Dan twice was a member of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2004, USA won gold win a victory over Team Canada. In 2005, Fritsche finished just out of the top ten scorers with seven points but the USA didn’t fare too well with a fourth place finish.
Fritsche was picked up in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 46th overall. Dan caught on right away with Columbus and played regularly for three seasons from 2005-06 to 2007-08. In 2008-09, he split his season between the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. This past season, 2009-10, he was back in the Blue Jackets organization playing for their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Despite only 42 points with the Crunch, Dan was five points out of the team lead. He represented Syracuse at the AHL All-Star Classic.
Dan is featured in these previous posts at OHL Alumni Central:
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