Michael Frolík

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Michael Frolík
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Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 29)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
HC Kladno
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Winnipeg Jets
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2006
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2004–present

Michael Frolík (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪxaɛl ˈfroliːk]; born 17 February 1988) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Frolík has also played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers, the organization that drafted him tenth overall in 2006, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won a Stanley Cup with in 2013, and the Winnipeg Jets. He lives with former Czech model and tv/radio personality Diana Kobzanova. His daugter Ella was born in December 2014z

Playing career[edit]

Frolík with the Rimouski Océanic in 2008.

Amateur[edit]

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 similar playing style and appearance to Jaromír Jágr, who also played for Kladno earlier in his career.[citation needed] To add to his overwhelming resemblance, Frolík, who cites Jágr as his role model, wore #68 at the Panthers' rookie camp.

Beginning in the 2006–07 season, Frolík began his North American career playing at the junior ice hockey#Major junior level for the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Professional[edit]

Frolik with the Jets in 2013

Frolík made his NHL debut for Florida during the 2008–09 season, in which he finished with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points in 79 games played. During his third season with the Panthers, in 2010–11, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with goaltender Alexander Salák, in exchange for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan on 9 February 2011.[1] Frolík scored his first goal as a Blackhawk on 2 March 2011, against the Calgary Flames. On 24 April, he scored the first Stanley Cup playoff penalty shot in Blackhawks history against goaltender Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

On 15 July 2011, Frolík signed a three-year contract extension with the Blackhawks at an annual average value at $2.333 million.[2] During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Frolík played for Piráti Chomutov in his native Czech Republic. On 27 May 2013, during the 2013 playoffs, he scored the second post-season penalty shot goal of his career against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings,[3] becoming the first player in NHL history to score more than one career penalty shot goal in the post-season.[4] He ultimately scored ten points in the playoffs en route to the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins in six games.

In the subsequent off-season, on 30 June 2013, Frolík was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2013–14 season opener on 2 October 2013, at Rexall Place against the Edmonton Oilers, Frolík scored twice in a 5–4 Winnipeg win. On 29 July 2014, Frolík and the Jets agreed on a one-year, $3.3 million contract.[5] He finished with 19 goals and 23 assists on in the regular season, but was held pointless during the Jets' four-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 playoffs.

On 1 July 2015, Frolík, as an unrestricted free agent, signed a five-year, $21 million contract with the Calgary Flames at an annual average value of $4.3 million.[6]

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 ELH 27 3 1 4 6 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Rabat Kladno ELH 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 ELH 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
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 19 23 42 18 4 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Calgary Flames NHL 64 15 17 32 24
NHL totals 576 110 157 267 179 38 7 11 18 10

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Slovakia
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Finland
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 North Dakota
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Minsk
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Halmstad
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2 0 0 0 0
2005 Czech Republic WJC18 4th 7 3 1 4 2
2005 Czech Republic WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 1 4 0
2006 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 3 2 5 0
2012 Czech Republic WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 10 2 1 3 0
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 41 17 8 25 34
Senior totals 27 5 4 9 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. ^ Care, Tony (28 May 2013). "Did You See That? Michael Frolik sets penalty-shot record". CBC.ca. CBC Sports. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jets, Frolik agree to terms on one-year contract". NHL. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Calgary Flames sign Michael Frolik to 5-year deal". thehockeywriters.com. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 

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