Anaheim’s Championship Provides Fritz Hope

By Lindsay Kramer Correspondent

Former ECHL left wing Mitch Fritz viewed the 2007 Stanley Cup Final as a no-lose proposition from where he sat.

As a Canadian, he would have been happy to see Ottawa win. As an AHL tough guy, he felt he got something of a career boost by the triumph of the head-knocking Ducks.

“The Anaheim Ducks bullied their way to the Cup. There is definitely a place for my role,’’ the 6-foot-8, 258-pound Fritz said. “Guys like myself might have been worried two or three years ago. It looks like (his job) is going to start coming back, but a little different. A guy has to play five or 10 minutes to contribute. I’ve been working on my game every year. That’s the parts I’ve been working on in the summertime, the skating and the skill.’’

Still, Fritz, 27, has spent the past three years in Springfield and felt he needed a change. He got exactly that in a trade last week that sent him to Hartford in exchange for defenseman Bryce Lampman.

It’s a move ripe with delicious possibilities. Springfield and Hartford are heated rivals, and for the past three seasons Fritz has been the one taking up the hostilities on behalf of the Falcons.

“The Hartford fans, they weren’t too pleasant to me,’’ Fritz said. “Hopefully, that changes.’’

The Charlotte Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Rangers of the NHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

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