Petr Mrázek

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Petr Mrázek
Petr Mrazek Toledo 2012.jpg
Mrazek with Toledo Walleye early in 2012-13 season.
Born (1992-02-14) February 14, 1992 (age 22)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 141st overall, 2010
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2012–present

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

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Prior to coming to North America, Mrázek played in the Czech Extraliga where he appeared in net with 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 had an outstanding season, appearing in 50 regular season games for the Ottawa 67's and then handling the bulk of the action as Ottawa reached the OHL semifinals. 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 to 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, after posting a 0.50 goals against average and a 0.981 save percentage in two games.

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.[3]

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.[4] With the win, Mrázek became the second goalie in hockey history to win his ECHL, AHL, and NHL debuts in the same season, joining Alex Auld.[5]

During the 2013–14 AHL 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 GAA and a .927 save percentage. His two wins were shutouts at Edmonton on November 2 and at St. Louis on April 13.[6]

On July 1, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Mrázek to a one-year contract extension.[7]

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. Mrázek 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. Mrazek 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 represented the Czech Republic at 2012 IIHF World Championship as the third goalkeeper. On May 15, 2012 he recorded his first international appearance when he substituted for Jakub Štěpánek stopping both shots he faced in nine minutes of action during an 8–1 win against Germany. Mrázek was awarded the IIHF Directorate Top Goaltender award and being named a top-three player on his team.

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
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best goaltender 2012
AHL Second All-Star Team 2013–14 [8]

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