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Why Joan Carson packed up her life and her son and left Penticition was never fully explained to Tom. With no legal marriage or extended family to keep them rooted it was all too easy to start again somewhere else.
Two years later Tom’s memories of his hometown and his father were beyond his reach and his mother they would settle them in Northern Ontario. Tom quickly learned the meaning of independence while Joan worked to support them more than she was at home. Tom was little more than six years old when he was first enrolled in local hockey to take him off his mother’s hands. A decision she would quickly regret by the time the expenses of Tom’s game would stretch beyond his family’s means.
Tom was scarcely a teenager when he began taking odd jobs, and learning skills beyond his years to keep himself on the ice. Tom’s early talent for the game propelled him easily through the A divisions. Unhappy at home in a family that now included his mother’s new partner, the chance to be a billet player became Tom’s next ticket to premature adulthood. He was transplanted to Sault Ste. Marie to play every level of the game from Bantam to Junior A, until a permanent mark on his criminal record would set Tom back a season and send him home from the Sault.
Tom was well into his teens when his mother officially married in time for the birth of his half sister. By the time his half-brother followed Tom was barely finishing high school. Determined to return to the standing he’d earned, Tom would return to the Junior A division for another season under a new Coach and within a year he had secured his place on the roster of an NHL team through their AHL affiliate. As a noteworthy left wing and prized enforcer, Tom's NHL career was celebrated but it didn't last long. A playoff season injury would finish his run and send him back to finish his career in the AHL. Though Tom only seemed to leave one small town for another, he never made a habit of looking back.
NAME: Tom Frye [Thomas Joseph Frye]
BIRTHDATE: Oct 11
BIRTHPLACE: Penticton, BC
BIRTH PARENTS: Edward Frye and Joan Caldwell (née Carson)
STEP PARENTS: Kenneth Caldwell
FULL SIBLINGS: None.
HALF SIBLINGS: Ryan Caldwell, Cara Biggs (née Caldwell)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: River View Public School, Sault Ste. Marie
HIGH SCHOOL: Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School, Sault Ste. Marie
GRADUATION YEAR: 1998
POST SECONDARY: None.