NORWALK -- As a boy, Connecticut Oilers' forward Frazer Ellis played the traditional sports of cricket and rugby in his native country of New Zealand but ice hockey became his first love.
He was introduced to the sport as a 5-year-old when his mother took him skating in Queenstown on school holidays.
"I saw a couple guys playing hockey in the corner and I told my mom I wanted to play it," he said. "She was like 'You can't do that in New Zealand', but we did some research and found out that you could and I never looked back from there. I got into so young."
Ellis, 19, came to Connecticut from the Southern Hemisphere to continue pursuing his dream of becoming the first New Zealander to play college and professional hockey in the United States.