Michael Frolík

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Michael Frolík
Michael Frolik - Winnipeg Jets.jpg
Frolik in 2013.
Born (1988-02-17) February 17, 1988 (age 26)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
HC Kladno
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2006
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2004–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

Frolík, with the Rimouski Océanic in 2008.

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.[citation needed] 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.[1] 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.[2]

On May 27, 2013, Frolík scored the second post-season penalty shot goal of his career against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.[3] Frolík became the first player in NHL history to score more than one career penalty shot goal in the post-season.[4] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Rabat Kladno CZE 27 3 1 4 6 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Rabat Kladno CZE 48 2 7 9 32
2006–07 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 52 31 42 73 40
2007–08 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 45 24 41 65 22 9 2 4 6 12
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 79 21 24 45 22
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 82 21 22 43 43
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 52 8 21 29 16
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 28 3 6 9 14 7 2 3 5 2
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 5 10 15 22 4 2 1 3 0
2012–13 Piráti Chomutov CZE 32 14 10 24 22
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 3 7 10 8 23 3 7 10 6
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 15 27 42 12
NHL totals 430 76 117 193 137 34 7 11 18 8
CZE totals 107 19 18 37 60 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2011 Slovakia
Bronze 2012 Finland
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2005 North Dakota
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze 2004 Minsk
Bronze 2006 Halmstad
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg 2 0 0 0 0
2005 Czech Republic WJC18 4th 7 3 1 4 2
2005 Czech Republic WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 7 3 1 4 0
2006 Czech Republic WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg 7 2 3 5 10
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 1 1 4
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 4 2 6 4
2008 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 5 0 5 14
2011 Czech Republic WC Bronze medal icon.svg 9 3 2 5 0
2012 Czech Republic WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 2 1 3 0
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 41 17 8 25 34
Senior totals 24 5 3 8 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florida Panthers trade Michael Frolik, get Jack Skille". Palm Beach Post. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Frolik signs contract with Blackhawks". National Hockey League. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Boxscore - May 27, 2013". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Larry, Lage (27 May 2013). "Blackhawks beat Red Wings 4-3, force a Game 7". Salon.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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Preceded by
Kenndal McArdle
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Keaton Ellerby