A child’s first season on a team, at any level, is a very emotional and family-oriented event. If that season happens to be his first as a pro, it must be even more so. And if that child happens to badly maul his opponent in his first fight as a pro? Well, that’s going to bring quite a smile to mom and dad.
At least, it does if you’re a hockey family.
Boston Bruins rookie Trent Frederic got into his first fight at the NHL level on Tuesday night, and the crowd cheered as he dished out major punishment to his opponent. However, no one in the crowd took more pride in Frederic’s pugilistic dominance than Bob and Gaye Frederic — Trent’s parents.
Trent Frederic delivers some pure punishment in his first NHL game pic.twitter.com/A2kRdNjJmQ
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 30, 2019
According to USA Today:
Frederic, a St. Louis native, is more than a fighter. He was an alternate captain at the University of Wisconsin, where he scored 32 goals over two seasons. He was taken in the first round (29th overall) in the 2016 draft.
He had four points in his last three games with the Providence (R.I.) Bruins before he was recalled on Monday.
With the ability to scrap and score like that, Boston just might keep Frederic around for a while.
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