A dynamic offensive center, Frank Fredrickson followed up a brilliant amateur career with an impressive tenure as a professional. Along the way, the Winnipeg native won an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup and played his way into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The talented youngster debuted in senior hockey in 1913-14 with the Winnipeg Falcons and quickly carved out a reputation as one of the top amateur players in Canada.
Fredrickson led the Falcons to the league title during his second year with the team in 1914-15. The next season he captained the squad while performing the same role for the University of Manitoba's hockey team. With World War I raging, Fredrickson enlisted in the army with the 196th Western Universities Battalion but was soon reassigned with his fellow Nordic-Canadians to the 223rd Scandinavian Battalion. He was joined there by many of his Falcons teammates. Fredrickson helped form a military hockey team in 1916-17 before the troop was shipped overseas to see action.
One of the first tasks Fredrickson undertook was to reorganize the Falcons in time for the 1919-20 schedule. The team picked up where it left off and won the league title before representing western Canada in the Allan Cup finals, where the Winnipeg outfit vanquished the University of Toronto to become amateur champions of the country. And this status earned them the honour of representing their country when ice hockey was admitted as a demonstration event at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympics. The Canadians won gold after manhandling Czechoslovakia and Sweden and turning back the United States 2-0. During the 12-1 rout of the Swedes, Fredrickson was virtually unstoppable, registering seven goals.
The crafty forward debuted as a professional with the Victoria Cougars of the PCHA in 1920-21. The league's wide-open style suited Fredrickson's offensive gifts and he continued to score at will. In 1922-23, he led the league with 39 goals and set a new record with 55 points. When the Cougars joined the WCHL two years later, Fredrickson led the club to the league title and a Stanley Cup triumph over the Montreal Canadiens. Overall he was placed on the PCHA First All-Star Team four straight years from 1921 to 1924 and he made the WCHL First All-Star squad in 1926.
Fans of the NHL had a chance to enjoy Fredrickson's talents after the Detroit Cougars purchased Victoria's players in 1926. Partway through his first NHL season he was traded to Boston, where he excelled with 14 goals in 28 matches. Fredrickson later played with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Falcons before bringing his NHL career to a close in 1931. During the 1929-30 season, Fredrickson served as player-coach of the Pittsburgh franchise. He played his last six games as a pro with the Detroit Olympics of the old International-American Hockey League toward the end of the 1930-31 schedule.
One of the greatest amateur stars in Canadian history and an excellent pro, Fredrickson was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.