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Today in Edmonton Oilers History: January 3, 1989 - Oilers Trade For Miroslav Frycer

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On this day in 1989 the Oilers swung a deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

January 3, 1989 - The Oilers and Red Wings agree to a deal that sees Miroslav Frycer join the Oilers in exchange for a tenth round pick in the 1989 Entry Draft. Frycer is 29 at the time and the Oilers are his fourth NHL team; before Detroit he played 49 games for the Quebec Nordiques and spend parts of seven season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And prior to his NHL career he played for the Czechoslovakian team at the 1980 Winter Olympics, a team that finished in fifth place.

Frycer's career peak came with the Leafs in 1985/86 when he scored 32 goals and added 43 assists for a total of 75 points in 73 games. In the four seasons that followed, he would be limited to fewer than 40 games on each occasion, including the final 14 games of his career which were played with the Oilers. In those games with the Oilers Frycer scored five goals and five assists, was a +2, and recored 18 penalty minutes. After retiring from the NHL Frycer played for three more seasons in Europe.

With the first pick of the 1989 draft The Nordiques took Mats Sundin, 203 picks later the Red Wings used the pick they got from the Oilers to select Rick Judson From the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1992/93 and again in 1993/94 Judson played a couple of games with the Red Wings AHL affiliate in Adirondack but never got closer to the NHL than that. After stints in almost every pro league you name, Judson's hockey career came to an end in 2005/06 with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL.

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