For many professional athletes, the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that span their entire careers could produce Lifetime Movie-worthy scripts. For Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser, Lifetime would probably only need the last 12 months.
In June of 2011, Fraser was traded to the Kings in LA general manager Dean Lombardi’s second attempt at getting Ryan Smyth to the Edmonton Oilers, per Smyth’s request. Unbeknownst to the Kings at the time, Fraser would require foot surgery – an issue which caused Lombardi to later contest the trade, creating a rare stir amongst those involved.
“It was a weird situation. I was kind of the man stuck in the middle. For me, I just wanted my foot to get better and I just wanted to play,” said Fraser, originally drafted by Philadelphia in 2003.