Bruins rookie’s big fight in NHL debut thrills parents

Hockey fans love fights.

And NHL parents apparently love fights even more.

NESN cameras caught Bob and Gaye Frederic applauding wildly and excitedly high-fiving each other after their son, Trent, handily won his fight with Winnipeg Jets forward Brandon Tanev during his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Tanev, who had three previous fights in the NHL, challenged Frederic as he pulled him away from Jets defenseman Tyler Myers during a net-front scrum late in the second period. And Frederic, 20, who had four fights in the American Hockey League, obliged.

The fight didn’t last long. After they broke free, Tanev took a swing and missed and missed again. But the 6-2, 203 Frederic got in 10 or 11 punches before taking Tanev down to the ice.

His parents, needless to say, were impressed. Bob pumped his fist and high-fived those around him. He and Gaye tried and missed while trying to high-five each other.

Understandable. They were pretty excited.

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.

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He had four points in his last three games with the Providence (R.I.) Bruins before he was recalled on Monday.

But the fight is what made his debut memorable.

And hockey fans, who love fights, gave him a standing ovation as he left the ice.



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