NEW YORK – The New York Rangers of the National Hockey League announced that they have acquired the rights to former ECHL forward and restricted NHL free agent Mitch Fritz from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the rights to restricted free agent defenseman Bryce Lampman.
The Charlotte Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Rangers of the NHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
The 26 year old began his professional career in 2000-01 in the ECHL with Tallahassee where he had eight points (3g-5a) and 79 penalty minutes in 42 games. He played for Columbus from 2001-04 and had 28 points (8g-20a) and 577 penalty minutes in 142 games for the Cottonmouths.
The 6-foot-8 and 258-pound Fritz was selected in 2006 to receive the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award as the AHL Man of the Year. The award is presented annually to an AHL player for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations.