Justin Florek in 2014
May 18, 1990 |
Marquette, MI, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||135th overall, 2010
Justin Jacob Florek (born May 18, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Florek was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 5th round (135th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Florek played junior hockey for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for both the under-17 and under-18 teams before moving on to the Northern Michigan University Wildcats ice hockey program. While at Northern Michigan, Florek played 157 games scoring 53 goals and 63 assists for 116 points. Florek was very successful with the Wildcats, and was named an alternate captain of the team for the 2010–11 season and captain for the 2011–12 season. During his career at NMU he led (or tied for the lead) in game winning goals for the 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12 season and led the team in power play goals with nine during the 2011–12 season. Florek was named to the CCHA Second All-Star team and was named a finalist for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award for the 2011–12 season.
Following his final season with the Wildcats Florek signed an entry level contract with the Bruins on March 25, 2012, and was assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL for the rest of the season.
Florek attended the Boston Bruins training camp for the start of the 2012–13 NHL season but was assigned to Providence on September 14, 2012. Florek played 71 games with Providence scoring 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in the regular season and played 12 playoff games scoring one goal and two assists for three points before they were eliminated in the conference finals by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
On September 22, 2013, Florek was again assigned to Providence to begin the 2013–14, but he did play in four NHL games for Boston during the 2013–14 regular season. On January 4, 2014 Florek made his NHL debut, playing for the Boston Bruins in a 4–1 win against the Winnipeg Jets. Florek was reassigned to Providence again on January 5, 2014. Florek scored his first NHL goal on January 9, 2014, against Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.
During the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, on April 20, 2014, Florek scored his first NHL playoff goal against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring the first goal of the second game against the Red Wings, en route to a 4–1 defeat of the visiting Detroit team.
Florek attended the Bruins training camp for the start of the 2014-2015 NHL Season but was assigned to Providence on October 1, 2014.
On July 2, 2015, Florek left the Bruins as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders. He was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the duration of the 2015–16 season. He appeared in every game with the Sound Tigers, producing a career low 16 points.
As an unsigned free agent over the summer, Florek was unable to attain NHL interest. On October 8, 2016, he signed a one-year AHL contract with the Milwaukee Admirals, affiliate to the Nashville Predators.
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||40||9||8||17||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||41||12||23||35||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||39||13||15||28||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||37||19||17||36||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||76||7||9||16||31||3||1||0||1||0|
Awards and honors
- Athletics Department. "NMU Hockey Records: Year-By-Year" (PDF). Northern Michigan University.
- "Hockey Awards & Achievements Showing: NCAA (CCHA) Second All-Star Team". eliteprospects.com.
- "Florek Named Finalist for CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award" (Press release). Northern Michigan University. March 8, 2012.
- "Florek & Trotman Signed to Entry-level Contracts," (Press release). Boston Bruins. March 25, 2012.
- "Bruins Announce Roster Transactions" (Press release). Boston Bruins. September 14, 2012.
- "Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins". Boxscore. Boston Bruins. January 4, 2014.
- "B's Assign Florek to Providence" (Press release). Boston Bruins. January 5, 2014.
- Switaj, Caryn (April 20, 2014). "Bruins Turn the Tide in Game 2 as Florek Shines, Miller Returns". Bruins Blog. Boston Bruins. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- "Islanders sign six to two-way deals". New York Islanders. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
- "Ads sign Florek, Robinson to AHL deals". Milwaukee Admirals. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-08.