Frolik in 2013.
February 17, 1988 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||10th overall, 2006
Michael Frolík (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪxaɛl ˈfroliːk]; born February 17, 1988) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL), following a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks, whom he helped to win the Stanley Cup in 2013. He has also played for the Florida Panthers.
Frolík played two seasons in the Czech Extraliga for Rabat Kladno before being selected tenth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. While playing in Kladno, Frolík was nicknamed The Baby Jágr due to his identical playing style and appearance to Jaromír Jágr, who also played for Kladno. To add to his overwhelming resemblance, Frolík, who cites Jágr as his role model, wore #68 at the Florida Panthers' rookie camp.
Beginning in the 2006–07 season, Frolík started his North American career playing for Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Frolík made his debut for the Panthers straight from the QMJHL in the 2008–09 season.
During his third season with the Panthers in the 2010–11 season, Frolík was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with goaltender Alexander Salák, for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman, and David Pacan on February 9, 2011. He scored his first goal as a Blackhawk on March 2, 2011, against the Calgary Flames. On April 24, 2011, Frolík scored the first post-season penalty shot in Chicago Blackhawks history against Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
On July 15, 2011, Frolík signed a three-year contract with the Blackhawks, worth $2.333 million per season.
On May 27, 2013, Frolík scored the second post-season penalty shot goal of his career against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. Frolík became the first player in NHL history to score more than one career penalty shot goal in the post-season. He scored 10 points in the playoffs, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
On June 30, 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Frolík to the Winnipeg Jets for a 3rd Round Pick (74th) and a 5th Round Pick (134th) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In the season opener on October 2, 2013 at Rexall Place against the Edmonton Oilers, Frolík scored twice in a 5-4 win for the Winnipeg Jets.
Regular season and playoffs
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|Bronze||2005 North Dakota|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
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- "Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Boxscore - May 27, 2013". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- Larry, Lage (27 May 2013). "Blackhawks beat Red Wings 4-3, force a Game 7". Salon.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick