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CURT FRASER NAMED GRIFFINS' HEAD COACH


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday named former Atlanta Thrashers and Orlando Solar Bears coach Curt Fraser as their new head coach.

Fraser, 50, brings 18 years’ experience as a head coach, assistant coach and player in the National Hockey League to his new role with the Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

After compiling a tremendous head coaching resume in the International Hockey League during the ‘90s, Fraser was named Atlanta’s first head coach on July 14, 1999. He spent three and a half seasons behind the expansion team’s bench, tutoring such stars as Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk during their first two pro campaigns and helping the Thrashers’ 2000-01 squad improve by 21 points over its debut season.

Fraser’s NHL resume also includes stints as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders in 2003-04 and St. Louis in 2005-06. A native of Cincinnati with dual Canadian citizenship, he returns to North America after spending two years as the head coach of the Belarus national men’s team, which recently qualified for the 2010 Olympics with a ninth-place finish at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

In six seasons as a head coach at the Triple-A level (IHL Milwaukee 1992-94 and IHL Orlando 1995-99), Fraser guided his teams to two division titles and four second-place finishes, posting a cumulative 281-158-10-42 record (0.625) and earning at least 40 wins in every campaign. He led the Solar Bears to the Turner Cup Finals in both 1996 and 1999 and orchestrated a first-round playoff triumph over Grand Rapids in 1997, ending the Griffins’ inaugural season.

“Curt has a tremendous amount of experience as a player and an accomplished record as a head coach at this level, as well as in the NHL and Europe,” said Griffins general manager Bob McNamara. “He’s a great fit in guiding us where we need to go in the future and for the Red Wings in terms of developing young players.”

Vancouver’s second pick (22nd overall) in the 1978 NHL Draft, Fraser spent his entire 12-year playing career (1978-90) as a left wing in the NHL. He accumulated 433 points (193-240—433) and 1,306 penalty minutes in 704 contests with Vancouver, Chicago and Minnesota, highlighted by a personal-best 29-goal, 68-point season with the Blackhawks in 1985-86 and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks in 1982.

Fraser joins returning assistant coach Jim Paek and one of the AHL’s premier franchises in preparation for the Griffins’ 13th season overall and their eighth AHL campaign in 2008-09. Over the last nine seasons, the Griffins have the most wins (402, tied), regular season championships (two) and division titles (five) of any Triple-A hockey team.

In addition, the Griffins and Red Wings have comprised hockey’s most successful affiliation since their 2002 union, combining for more standings points (1,129) than any other AHL/NHL partnership over the last six seasons. Fifteen former Griffins were on the playoff roster of the 2008 Stanley Cup champions, eight of whom will have their names engraved on the Cup: Niklas Kronwall, Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Brett Lebda, Darren Helm, Tomas Kopecky, Darren McCarty and Chris Osgood.

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Fraser's Coaching Record

        Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League Position GP W L T OTL SOL PCT GP W L PCT
90-91 Milwaukee IHL Asst. Coach 82 36 43 -- 3 -- 0.457 6 2 4 0.333
91-92 Milwaukee IHL Asst. Coach 82 38 36 -- 8 -- 0.512 5 1 4 0.200
92-93 Milwaukee IHL Head Coach 82 49 23 -- 10 -- 0.659 6 2 4 0.333
93-94 Milwaukee IHL Head Coach 81 40 24 -- -- 17 0.599 4 0 4 0.000
94-95 Syracuse AHL Assoc. Coach 80 29 42 9 -- -- 0.419 -- -- -- --
95-96 Orlando IHL Head Coach 82 52 24 -- -- 6 0.671 23 11 12 0.478
96-97 Orlando IHL Head Coach 82 53 24 -- -- 5 0.677 10 4 6 0.400
97-98 Orlando IHL Head Coach 82 42 30 -- -- 10 0.573 17 9 8 0.529
98-99 Orlando IHL Head Coach 82 45 33 -- -- 4 0.573 17 10 7 0.588
99-00 Atlanta NHL Head Coach 82 14 57 7 4 -- 0.238 -- -- -- --
00-01 Atlanta NHL Head Coach 82 23 45 12 2 -- 0.366 -- -- -- --
01-02 Atlanta NHL Head Coach 82 19 47 11 5 -- 0.329 -- -- -- --
02-03 Atlanta NHL Head Coach 33 8 20 1 4 -- 0.318 -- -- -- --
03-04 NY Islanders NHL Asst. Coach 82 38 29 11 4 -- 0.555 5 1 4 0.200
04-05 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
05-06 St. Louis NHL Asst. Coach 82 21 46 -- 7 8 0.348 -- -- -- --
06-07 Belarus   Head Coach  -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
07-08 Belarus   Head Coach -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
 HEAD COACHING TOTALS 770 345 327 31 25 42 0.512 77 36 41 0.468
 NHL HEAD COACHING TOTALS 279 64 169 31 15 -- 0.312 -- -- -- --
 IHL HEAD COACHING TOTALS 491 281 158 -- 10 42 0.625 77 36 41 0.468


Fraser's Playing Record

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
74-75 Victoria WCHL 68 17 32 49 105 12 3 2 5 22
75-76 Victoria WCHL 71 43 64 107 167 15 3 8 11 38
76-77 Victoria WCHL 60 34 41 75 82 4 4 2 6 4
77-78 Victoria WCHL 66 48 44 92 256 13 10 7 17 28
78-79 Vancouver NHL 78 16 19 35 116 3 0 2 2 6
79-80 Vancouver NHL 78 17 25 42 143 4 0 0 0 2
80-81 Vancouver NHL 77 25 24 49 118 3 1 0 1 2
81-82 Vancouver NHL 79 28 39 67 175 17 3 7 10 98
82-83 Vancouver NHL 36 6 7 13 99 -- -- -- -- --
  Chicago NHL 38 6 13 19 77 13 4 4 8 18
83-84 Chicago NHL 29 5 12 17 28 5 0 0 0 14
84-85 Chicago NHL 73 25 25 50 109 15 6 3 9 36
85-86 Chicago NHL 61 29 39 68 84 3 0 1 1 12
86-87 Chicago NHL 75 25 25 50 182 2 1 1 2 10
87-88 Chicago NHL 27 4 6 10 57 -- -- -- -- --
  Minnesota NHL 10 1 1 2 20 -- -- -- -- --
88-89 Minnesota NHL 35 5 5 10 76 -- -- -- -- --
89-90 Minnesota NHL 8 1 0 1 22 -- -- -- -- --
NHL/PRO TOTALS 704 193 240 433 1306 65 15 18 33 198

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