Coach Dan Fritsche

We are thrilled to announce a monumental addition to our team at the LECOM Sports Park in Erie, PA. Former NHL star Dan Fritsche has joined us as the Head of the LESA Jr. Lakers Travel Program. Dan brings an exceptional pedigree of professional hockey experience, passion, and a profound dedication to youth development in sports.

Dan Fritsche, known for his dynamic presence on the ice, has had a distinguished career in the NHL, including playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and the Minnesota Wild. Beyond his on-ice success, Dan is deeply committed to the development of young athletes, sharing the lessons he's learned at the pinnacle of professional hockey to inspire and mentor the next generation.

Under Dan’s leadership, the LESA Jr. Lakers Travel Program is set to reach new heights. Our mission to foster excellence in hockey while promoting inclusion in the sport will be significantly enhanced by Dan’s expertise and vision. The LESA Jr. Lakers will not only aim to excel in competitions but also strive to instill the values of teamwork, respect, and perseverance in our young athletes.

Join us in welcoming Dan Fritsche to Erie, PA, and to the LECOM Sports Park family. Together, we’re poised to make a profound impact on youth hockey, developing talented players on the ice and outstanding individuals off it.

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Coach Fritsche

Since retirement, Dan devotes his time to growing Cleveland and Erie, PA. Dan's passion has always been to work with his coaches and players to raise the level of each athlete

Dan and his wife Melissa have 3 boys. Mason and Brady (Twin 2015's) and Danny Jr. (2020).

Playing Career

Drafted in 2003 NHL draft, 46th overall by Columbus Blue Jackets

Also played for New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild

Played 256 NHL games, scoring 34 goals and 76 total points

Won the Memorial Cup with the London Knights in 2004, named to the tournament's first all-star team

Led Team USA to their first-ever Gold medal in the 2004 World Junior Championship

Played 6 years for Switzerland's top hockey league, winning a championship with the Zurich Lions under former Stanley Cup-winning coach Marc Crawford.

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