Daniel Fraleigh Motivated And Ready For The Upcoming Season
When the Chatham Maroons finally hit the ice for a GOJHL season, Daniel Fraleigh’s skills will be on full display.
The Wallaceburg product signed with Chatham this offseason after playing as a 16-year-old last season with the Mooretown Flags.
“My experience in Mooretown as a one in a lifetime opportunity and very humbling to play on such an amazing team,” Fraleigh said. “Coming into Junior C from ‘AAA’ I did not know what to expect from the players, the atmosphere, or the game. I learned very quickly however just how skilled and unique our team was. We bonded instantly and the chemistry was obvious both on the ice and in the dressing room. Being able to show up to practice and compete against players bigger and better than myself is what developed me the most and I believe that is not an opportunity that everyone has in their 16-year-old season.”
Fraleigh, a Chatham-Kent Cyclones alumni, had 18 points in 40 regular season games, before adding 6 in 8 playoff games with Mooretown. Now, with a season of Junior hockey under his belt, he’s ready to step in and contribute immediately to the Maroons.
“It is an honour to be able to play for my hometown again,” said Fraleigh of signing with Chatham this offseason. “I had the pleasure of meeting many great players and coaches while wearing the Cyclone, all of which have contributed to the player that I have become. I am thrilled that I am able to rejoin chatham and continue to grow here. Many great memories and were made playing in that rink through the duration of my minor years and I am looking forward to making even more in this upcoming season.”
When games do resume, Fraleigh hopes the Chatham fans…if they can be in attendance, see a player who will work every shift.
“Maroons fans can expect a dedicated, hardworking team-player. I have always prided myself upon being the hardest worker on the ice, despite whatever the size difference may be between my opponent and I. I will never give up on a play or one of my teammates and I will continue to work until the final buzzer goes.”
Although many have felt the frustration of the delays from COVID-19, Fraleigh has seen it as an opportunity to improve, and enter the season with even more focus
“It only gives us more time to focus and prepare for this season. Even though we wish we could be playing right now, this only adds gas to our fire.”