Petr Mrázek

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Petr Mrázek
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Mrazek in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game
Born (1992-02-14) February 14, 1992 (age 23)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 141st overall, 2010
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2012–present

Petr Mrázek (/'mra:zek/) (born February 14, 1992) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender, who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Mrázek was drafted 141st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Before going to North America, Mrázek played in the Czech Extraliga where he appeared for HC Vítkovice Steel during the 2007–2008 post-season.

In his first OHL season with the Ottawa 67's in 2009–10, Mrázek had a 12–9–1 record in 30 games with a 3.00 goals against average and .905 save percentage. He played in eight playoff games with a 4–4–0 record, 2.39 goals against average, and .928 save percentage.

During the 2011–12 OHL season, Mrázek appeared in 50 regular season games for the Ottawa 67's. Mrázek was 30-19 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.84 goals against and .917 save percentage in the regular season for Ottawa. In the OHL playoffs, he appeared in 17 of 18 games and was 9–8 with a 2.59 goals against and .929 save percentage. Mrazek signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in October 2011.

On April 4, 2011, Mrázek was signed by the Grand Rapids Griffins for an amateur tryout contract.[1]

Professional[edit]

On October 19, 2011, the Detroit Red Wings signed Mrázek to a three-year entry-level contract.[2]

Mrázek began the 2012–13 season with the Toledo Walleye, where he won his first game 4–1 over the Kalamazoo Wings. Mrázek posted a 2–1–0 record, with 2.02 goals against average and a 0.944 save percentage in three games, before being called up to Grand Rapids. Mrázek made his AHL debut with the Griffins on November 3, 2012, and made 29 saves in a 4–1 victory over the Texas Stars. Mrázek won 12 of his first 15 appearances overall with the Griffins, and set a franchise record by winning his first six starts. Mrázek registered his first professional shutout on February 2, 2013, in a game against the Abbotsford Heat. Mrázek was named the AHL player of the week for the week ending February 3, 2013, after posting a 0.50 goals against average and a 0.981 save percentage in two games.[3]

Mrázek represented the Griffins at the AHL All-Star Classic and recorded the win in a 7–6 game. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and defeated the Syracuse Crunch in the finals to capture the Calder Cup. Mrazek played all 24 playoff games and was 15–9 with 4 shutouts; posting a 2.31 goals against and .916 save percentage.[4]

Mrázek made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on February 7, 2013 in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Detroit won 5–1, with Mrázek posting 26 saves.[5] With the win, Mrázek became the second goaltender in hockey history to win his ECHL, AHL, and NHL debuts in the same season, joining Alex Auld.[6]

During the 2013–14 season, Mrazek was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team, finishing second in the AHL in goals against average (2.10) and third in save percentage (.924) through 32 regular-season games. Mrázek posted a 22–9–1 record in his second season with the Griffins, while also seeing action in nine games with Detroit. Mrazek posted a 2–4–0 record with the Red Wings, with a 1.74 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. His two wins were shutouts at Edmonton on November 2 and at St. Louis on April 13.[7]

On July 1, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Mrázek to a one-year contract extension.[8] During the 2014–15 season, Mrázek appeared in 20 games for the Red Wings, posting a 13–5–1 record, with a 2.55 goals against average, a 0.909 save percentage and one shutout.[9] Mrázek was named the AHL player of the week for the week ending March 1, 2015, after leading the Griffins to three consecutive wins on the road, with a 0.67 goals against average, and a .976 save percentage. Mrázek recorded consecutive shutouts against the Milwaukee Admirals on February 27, and the Chicago Wolves on February 28, becoming the third Griffin to ever record back-to-back road shutouts. Mrázek recorded three shutouts in his last four games. He has allowed just two goals in his last 247:21, for a 0.49 goals against average and a 0.983 save percentage (117–119) during that span.[10] Mrázek was recalled by the Red Wings on March 9. Since being assigned to the Griffins on February 17, Mrázek has not suffered a regulation loss, posting a 6–0–1 record, with a 1.13 goals against average, a 0.962 save percentage and three shutouts. Mrázek holds a record of 9–2–1 overall in 13 games with the Griffins this season, with a 2.06 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage.[11]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Bronze 2012 Helsinki

Mrázek represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Alberta, Canada. He backstopped the Czech Republic to the quarterfinals, where his team was finally eliminated from medal contention in overtime by the Russians. Mrázek was selected as the best goalkeeper of the championship. He was 3–3 with 1 shutout in six games at the WJC with a 2.49 goals against and .928 save percentage; highlighted by a 52-save effort in a 5–2 win over the USA. Mrázek was awarded the IIHF Directorate Top Goaltender award and was named one of the Czech Republic's top three players at the tournament.[4][12]

Mrázek represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World Championship as the third goaltender, where he won a bronze medal.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 30 12 9 1 1,562 78 3 3.00 .905 8 4 4 451 18 0 2.39 .928
2010–11 Ottawa 67's OHL 52 32 15 3 3,089 146 4 2.84 .920 4 0 3 224 21 0 5.63 .868
2011–12 Ottawa 67's OHL 50 30 13 6 3,016 143 3 2.84 .917 17 9 8 1,065 46 0 2.59 .926
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 3 2 1 0 179 6 0 2.02 .944
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 42 23 16 2 2,498 97 1 2.33 .916 24 15 9 1,431 55 4 2.31 .916
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 2 1 0 133 4 1 2.02 .922
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 22 9 1 1,830 64 3 2.10 .924 10 5 5 600 28 0 2.80 .911
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 2 4 0 449 13 2 1.74 .927
NHL totals 12 4 5 0 582 17 3 1.88 .924

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
F. W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy OHL Best Rookie Goals Against Average 2009–10
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star 2012 [14]
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best goaltender 2012
AHL Second All-Star Team 2013–14 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Griffins welcome Mrazek, Coetzee and Piche". Grand Rapids Griffins. April 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bowness, Rick (October 19, 2011). Mrazek sings three-year entry-level deal "Mrazek sings three-year entry-level deal [sic]". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mrazek named CCM/AHL Player of the Week". American Hockey League. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Petr Mrazek". Hockey's Future. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mrazek wins NHL debut, Red Wings beat Blues 5-1". Yahoo! Sports. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Petr Mrazek (G) Grand Rapids Griffins". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wings in Waiting: Petr Mrazek". Detroit Red Wings. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ DiFillippo, Alex (July 1, 2014). "Detroit signs Mrazek to one-year extension". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (February 17, 2015). "Red Wings recall Pulkkinen and assign Mrazek". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Griffins' Mrazek named Player of the Week". American Hockey League. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 9, 2015). "Red Wings recall Petr Mrazek". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ Morreale, Mike (December 30, 2011). "Czechs stun U.S. behind Mrazek's goaltending". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mrazek, Koukal registered; Erat expected to join". IIHF. May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kuznetsov named U20 MVP". IIHF. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ First, Second Team AHL All-Stars named "First, Second Team AHL All-Stars named". American Hockey League. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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