Curt Fraser is in his fourth season as assistant coach for the Dallas Stars after spending the previous four seasons as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, from 2008-12. While in Grand Rapids, he compiled a 146-130-40 record and is the team’s franchise leader in regular-season wins (146) and games coached (316).
Fraser brings over two decades of coaching experience to the Stars, including as the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers. Entering the 2015-16 campaign, he has coached in 1,746 career professional games, including 1,126 as a head coach. He has also worked for the Milwaukee Admirals, Syracuse Crunch, Orlando Solar Bears, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. Fraser served as head coach of the Belarus National Team for two seasons (2006-08), leading the squad at the 2008 IIHF World Championship and helping them qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In all, Fraser has coached over 1,000 games at various levels, including 279 NHL contests with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft, Fraser played 12 years in the National Hockey League with the Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars. In 704 career regular-season games, he amassed 433 points (193-240=433) and 1,306 penalty minutes. Having grown up with dual citizenship, Fraser played internationally for both Canada (1978 IIHF World Junior Championship) and the United States (1987 Canada Cup).
Fraser and his wife, Rhonda, are the parents of sons Casey, Jesse and Luke, and have been heavily involved with helping raise awareness and funds for diabetes research and education after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1983.