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Tom Fritsche
Tom Fritsche
Left Wing
Number: 51
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 183
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 30, 1986
Birthplace: Parma, OH, United States
Drafted: COL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (47th overall)
Recorded 10 points (0g/10a) in 47 games with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)….Ranked fourth on the team with a +7 plus/minus rating. 2008-09: Completed his first full professional season, tallying 20 points (10g/10a) in 48 games with Lake Erie…Finished tied for fifth on the club in goals and ranked seventh in points…Suspended for six games after leaving the bench during an altercation against Norfolk on Jan. 27…Signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche prior to the season on Aug. 11. 2007-08: Capped off his four-year stint at Ohio State University (CCHA) by registering 19 points (5g/14a) in 39 games during his senior campaign…Led the Buckeyes with two short-handed goals…Totaled 107 points (32g/75a) in 137 career games at Ohio State, becoming the first Buckeye to reach 100 points since 2003-04….Signed an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Lake Erie Monsters on March 14 following the completion of his collegiate career…Collected five points (2g/3a) in 15 games with the Monsters. 2006-07: Recipient of the CCHA’s Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, given annually to “an upperclassman that has overcome some type of personal adversity and is active on the university campus and surrounding community”…The recipient is chosen by a committee comprised of league athletics directors and faculty representatives…Fritsche missed the first half of the 2006-07 season suffering from severe ulcerative colitis, a chronic intestinal disorder…Returned to the lineup Dec. 29 and played in the final 19 games, posting five goals and eight assists. 2005-06: Led the Buckeyes in scoring for the second straight season, compiling 30 points in his sophomore campaign at Ohio State…Also led the team in assists (19) and finished second in goals (11)…Was a member of the 2006 U.S. National Junior Team and represented the United States at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver, B.C…Posted a goal and four assists in seven games during the tournament. 2004-05: Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman at Ohio State…Honored as the National Freshman of the Year by Inside College Hockey…Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 45 points, the most by an OSU freshman since Brian Loney had 55 in 1992…Also led the Buckeyes with 34 assists, which tied for the CCHA lead…Skated in all 42 games and was a team-best +21 on the year. 2003-04: Played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the NTDP, finishing second on the team with 24 goals and 51 points. 2002-03: Spent the year with the U.S. National Under-17 Team…Helped Team USA to a first-place finish at the 2002 Four Nations Cup. Personal: Last name is pronounced Fritt-chee…Tom’s brother, Dan Fritsche, was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003 and has spent five seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild.
Bernie Valentine
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