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July 22, 2015

Archie Fraser

In the 1930s the Fraser brothers, Archie and Harvey, dominated the Saskatchewan amateur hockey scene. Starring together on line with Bill Westbury with the Yorkton Terriers, alongside names like Scoop Bentley and Elvis Holdaway, the brothers were nearly unstoppable.

In fact, the only season the rest of the province had a chance to win was in 1938-39 when the dynamic duo headed overseas to play a season in Wembley, England!

Yet neither brother got much of a shot at the National Hockey League - despite decimated NHL rosters due to World War II enrollment.

Harvey had a fantastic start with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1944, scoring five goals and nine points in the first 4 games of his career. Inexplicably he went scoreless in the next 17 games, then disappeared from the NHL altogether.

That season prior saw Archie get a chance with the New York Rangers. He played in three games, picking up one assist.

That would be the extent of Archie's NHL career. He lost the rest of the season and both of the next two seasons in their entirety due to service with Canada's military in World War II.

Unlike many hockey players, statistical records suggest he played no hockey at all. However it appears he did play with the Air Force team stationed in Yorkton but they often had troubles finding enough players to compete regularly.


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