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Ex-Hawk Colin Fraser wins the Stanley Cup again

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LOS ANGELES -- Colin Fraser stood by the Zamboni entrance of the Staples Center ice and eagerly waited for his family. Behind him, his Los Angeles Kings teammates celebrated wildly.

They had just won the Stanley Cup.

Fraser became the first member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010 to win it again Monday after the Kings routed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the finals.

Fraser, though, played in only three playoff games for the Hawks during their Cup run -- none against the Philadelphia Flyers in the finals. The Hawks were a deep team back then. In other words, this Cup feels a bit different.

"It was obviously special in Chicago," Fraser told the Sun-Times as waited for his family. "The city has a place in my heart. It is the best city. But this time to actually get to play and fill a role and play every game, I can't describe it. It's awesome."

And he played well.

Fraser, one of the more affable members of the Cup-winning Hawks, scored the first goal of the finals and centered a fourth line that had productive shifts and was never a liability.

"It's surreal," Fraser said before grabbing his son, Calder, and carrying him around the ice. "Guys play 25 years and never get to do it. I've done it twice in four years. I'm very fortunate."

It's the culmination of a crazy 12 months for Fraser. He was traded by the Oilers to the Kings in the Ryan Smyth deal last summer, which the Kings adamently contested after it was discovered that Fraser needed foot surgery.

The Kings gave Fraser a chance to play and he succeeded, becoming a solid contributor on a deep and talented team.

"I didn't know what was going to happen," Fraser said. "I couldn't play on the 30th place team and here I am winning the Stanley Cup and on the best team. I really believe things happen for a reason."

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns

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