It didn’t take long for a team in Europe to pick up Ontario Hockey League grad Danny Bois after being released by the Sheffield Steelers. Bois was let go on January 19 and was signed by the Vienna Capitals on January 27 for the remainder of the 2014-15 season in Austria. Danny joins fellow OHL alumnus Jamie Fraser with the Capitals. Fraser is in his third year with the club and is one of the top offensive defensemen in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL).
Bois played four years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2003-04 with the London Knights, serving as team captain for most of his stay. Danny assured a long term spot in London’s record books with his 911 penalty minutes in 236 regular season OHL games.
The Colorado Avalanche selected Bois in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 97th overall, after just his first year with London. He has appeared in one National Hockey League game to date, with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07.
Since 2004-05, Danny has played in the AHL, NHL, EBEL, Germany’s DEL and the U.K.’s EIHL. His previous stint in the EBEL was for three years between 2010-11 and 2012-13. Bois won an EBEL championship with Red Bull Salzburg in 2010-11 and he captained EC Dornbirner in 2012-13. Not to break character, he has accumulated 425 PIM over 138 games in the EBEL.
2014-15 started out with the Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL. However, Bois was released after playing just 15 games. Over that time, he contributed seven points and sat out an uncharacteristic 22 minutes in the sin bin. Vienna signed Danny on January 27 and he should begin play with the club this weekend.
Fraser’s career in the Ontario Hockey League overlapped that of his new teammate. He played four years in the league from 2002-03 to 2005-06, his first two years with the Brampton Battalion and his final two with his hometown Sarnia Sting. Originally, he was an eleventh round pick by the Battalion at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 212th overall.
Undrafted to the NHL, Jamie saw his first pro hockey action at the tail end of 2005-06. With the Sting finishing last overall in the OHL, Fraser joined the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for three regular season and six Kelly Cup playoff games.
Since 2006-07, Fraser has played in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and EBEL. Like Bois, his NHL experience is limited to just one game. He played a single match for the New York Islanders in 2008-09.
Jamie has been in the EBEL since 2011-12 and is in his third year with the Capitals. Currently, he is tied for fourth among the league’s defensemen with 28 points in 43 games.
In the EBEL since 2001-02, Vienna won a championship in 2004-05 and lost in the finals as recently as 2012-13. Currently, the Capitals are tied for fourth in the 12 team EBEL. Home games are played at the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna, Austria, a 7,022 seat venue that opened in 1995.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. With a city population of 1.8 million and a metro population of 2.4 million, more than 20% of Austria’s citizens live in the area. In 2001, the whole city was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Located in the far northeast of the country, Vienna is near the border with Slovakia and is just 79 km from Bratislava.