St. Louisan Frederic of Bruins wins memorable fight in NHL debut
BOSTON — Trent Frederic, a native St. Louisan who played high school hockey at DeSmet Jesuit, made his mark quickly in his NHL debut for the Bruins with a fight that earned him a standing ovation from Boston fans.
Frederic, a first-round pick by the Bruins in 2016 who was playing on a line with boyhood idol David Backes, picked up his first career fighting major in the second period after a scrum in front of the Winnipeg net.
WELCOME TO BOSTON TRENT FREDERIC 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/YDtiiQjN79
— Bruins (Guy Boston Sports) (@Bruins_GBos) January 30, 2019
Frederic, 20, and Brandon Tanev separated from the pack for a 1-on-1 bout that brought the crowd to its feet — including his parents, who were shown exchanging high-fives in the stands as Frederic headed to the locker room.
“I wasn’t really going in trying to get one tonight, but it just happened,” Frederic said.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 30, 2019
The fight occurred with 3:44 left in the second and less than a minute after Boston’s Keven Miller and Adam Lowry exchanged a flurry of punches at the other end.
The Bruins posted a photo on Twitter of Frederic as a child posing with former Blues captain David Backes, his right wing on Boston’s third line Tuesday night.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 29, 2019
The Bruins lost to the Jets 4-3 in a shootout.