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July 20, 2015

Harvey Fraser

Harvey Fraser began his NHL career on fire. He quickly fizzled out and, for reasons we're not entirely sure of, was never heard from again.

Fraser, often alongside brother Archie (who would briefly play with the New York Rangers), was a senior scoring star in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was described by local newspaper reports as "a deadly sniper" and a "dashing rusher."

The brothers also starred for the Wembley Monarch in Britain in 1938-39.

In October of 1944 the Chicago Black Hawks signed Fraser to a contract and two weeks later, after a sizzling start with the AHL Providence Reds, called him up to play in the NHL.

Fraser's first four NHL games rival that of any player in NHL history. He scored five goals and four assists in his four NHL games, including a 2 goal performance against the the Montreal Canadiens. 

Then somehow he went scoreless in the next 17 games, returned to the minors and never played again in the NHL.

By February the Hawks traded his contract to the AHL Cleveland Barons. He bounced around the minor leagues and never really got back on track until he returned to Providence in 1947. He would score 109 goals and 236 points over three seasons with the Reds, and help capture the AHL championship in 1949, yet Harvey Fraser never got another sniff from the National Hockey League.

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