Ontario Hockey League grad, Fraser Clair is back on North American soil for the 2010-11 season, the first time since 2005-06. Clair returns to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he played 224 games over four seasons with five different teams. Fraser joins fellow OHL grad, Jordan Foreman on the Stockton Thunder.
Fraser played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2001-02. He began his OHL career with the Barrie Colts and was traded midway through his first season to the Mississauga IceDogs. He returned to the Colts midway through the 2000-01 season.
In his final season in the Ontario Hockey League, Clair was an integral part of the Colts team that went to the Robertson Cup final before losing out to the Erie Otters. It was in that playoff run that Fraser’s mean streak shone through. His 46 penalty minutes over 20 playoff games exceeded his 42 over 67 regular season games. He has become known as a player that is strong around the net and also plays an aggressive, in-your-face style of hockey.
His most successful season in the ECHL was his last, 2005-06. Fraser scored his ECHL career high 25 goals en route to leading the team to the National Conference finals where they lost to the powerhouse Alaska Aces. That season, he was second on the team in PIM with 139, behind only fellow OHL alumnus Matt O’Dette. O’Dette is the assistant coach of the Stockton Thunder this season.
From 2006-07 to this past season, Clair played in several locations throughout Europe. Over the four seasons, he played in Germany, Denmark and Italy. In his first season in Europe, he was Kaufbeuren of Germany’s 2.Bundesliga’s top goal scorer (26) and top point-getter (50) in 49 games. The following season, he was the PIM leader for Bremerhaven of the 2.Bundesliga with 106 in 52 games.
In 2008-09, he played for the Nordsjaelland Cobras in Denmark. Fraser was the team’s top goal-scorer with 24 in 36 games. He was one point from the team lead in points with 35 to fellow OHL grad Patrick Jarrett’s 36.
This past season, with Bolzano in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG) he was once again second in team points to another fellow OHL grad, Kenny Corupe. He was the team’s PIM leader with 77 in 36 games.
With Clair and Foreman on the Thunder this season, the fans will be treated to grit and toughness as well as valuable playoff experience.