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Curtis Fraser


Alaska - Fairbanks

Curtis Fraser


Majoring in communication and his expected date of graduation is May 13, 2007. His potential career interests include starting his own business, which would give him free time to spend with his future family; he also has aspirations to become an expert in a field like organizational communication, which would enable him to go inside a business and help their employees communicate more effectively. Has a cumulative GPA of 3.495 and has been named to the Dean’s list in five semesters (3.5 GPA or better) eligible.


Curtis has been a mentor during his four-year career at UAF for Billy, a young hockey player who struggled with self-esteem issues and the ability to fit in at his new school. He met this youngster through an introduction by his parents. With the parents help, Curtis was able to aid Billy through his difficult time. He would attend practices and occasionally have dinner at the family’s home. Slowly, he began to make a connection by using his own battles with a lack of self confidence but never directly speaking of Billy’s hardships.

Curtis got Billy to open up and explain the problems he had been having at school and in his life. He tried to bring Billy out of his shell so that he could adapt to his new surroundings at school and brought along teammates occasionally to help Billy interact in groups. The boy’s parents told Curtis that since he had been involved with the family, they had seen their son make progress at school. They felt that his interactions and conversations with Billy had directly affected his newfound success at school. Curtis still has a close relationship with Billy, who went on to become the Nanooks stick boy at all home games. Curtis is truly proud seeing Billy on the ice each night now. He didn’t want credit for helping Billy out, as he thought his teammates had been a big factor in the change, too.


A great example of Curtis’s volunteer spirit occurred the day before a home series with Michigan. Working around classes and practice, Curtis attended a 6th grade class to help motivate kids to stay in school. Later that night, he showed up to the presentation of Best Backyard Rink award given out in conjunction with Hockey Week in Fairbanks. In -10 degree cold, Curtis and a teammate skated with the neighborhood kids, drank hot chocolate and raced up and down the ice. You would never know that he would be facing a high-pressure game with the Wolverines the next night.


As a rookie he received honorable mention to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s All-Rookie Team and was named the team’s Doug Descorcie Top Rookie. As a sophomore he led the team in goals (17) and was second in points (30); he was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and the Inside College Hockey Player of the Week once. During his junior season, Fraser led the team in goals (11) and was second in points (24) for the second consecutive year; he tallied a goal in each of the Nanooks key wins over No.1 ranked-teams (Minnesota, Michigan and Miami). As a senior he is second in goals (15) and points (30) and has tied his career-high for points in a season; he scored his 100th career point mid-season to become the 27th skater in program history to score 100 career points. He is Alaska hockey’s first player in program history to be named a finalist for the NCAA’s Frozen Four Skills Challenge.