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Kyle Freadrich, who played left-wing, was a
pure enforcer. Checking in at a massive 6'7Ē,
250 pounds, his mere appearance is intimidating.
Freadrich was originally drafted by the Vancouver
Canucks in 1997, but two years later signed with the
NHLís Tampa Bay Lightning. In his playing
days, he also racked up penalty minutes with the
Louisiana Ice Gators and the Detroit Vipers.
Freadrich's NHL debut was quiet, but he made a
lasting impression during his second recall to the
Lightning. That night, the Lightning played
the Chicago Blackhawks, and Freadrich found himself
on the ice with Blackhawks enforcer Ryan
Vandenbussche. Soon, the inevitable fight
ensued. By the time the bloody bout was over,
Freadrich had clearly arrived as a feared fighter in
the National Hockey League. However, he
couldn't hold on to Tampa's tough guy job because he
lacked the other skills that would have helped him
survive in the NHL. Freadrich played in 23
games over two years with the Lightning. But,
in the summer of 2001, the Lightning dealt Freadrich
and Nils Ekman to the New York Rangers. The
trade back-fired badly for the Rangers when Ekman
decided to return to Sweden to play and Freadrich
suffered a concussion that ended his entire career.
On March 13th 2000, Freadrich made his mark
on the NHL -- in an unforgettably long and non-stop fight --
against Ryan Vandenbussche of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago's head coach was quoted after the
game as saying, "That was probably the best fight I've seen
in the game of hockey." Players and fans unanimously
declared it the best and bloodiest fight of the season. Freadrich was ready to battle with any willing competitor
every time he stepped on the ice!
Freadrich and I at Mulligan's Golf Center!
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