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 currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fifth round, 141st overall, by the 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 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season with the Ottawa 67's in 2009–10, Mrázek posted a 12–9–1 record in 30 games with a 3.00 goals against average (GAA) and .905 save percentage. He played in eight playoff games with Ottawa, finishing with a 4–4–0 record, 2.39 GAA and a .928 save percentage. At the end of the season, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from June 25 and 26, Mrázek was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round, 141st overall.

On October 19, 2011, Mrázek signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings.[1] However, he remained in the OHL for the 2011–12 season, appearing in 50 regular season games for the 67's. He was 30–19 with three shutouts and had a 2.84 GAA and .917 save percentage in the regular season. In the playoffs, he appeared in 17 of 18 games, going 9–8 with a 2.59 GAA and .929 save percentage.

On April 4, 2011, upon the conclusion of Ottawa's season, Mrázek was signed by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on an amateur try-out contract.[2]

Professional[edit]

Mrázek began the 2012–13 season with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, the Red Wings' second-tier minor league affiliate, where he won his first game 4–1 over the Kalamazoo Wings. Mrázek posted a 2–1–0 record, a 2.02 GAA and a .944 save percentage in three games played in the ECHL before being called up to Grand Rapids in the AHL. He 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, also setting a franchise record in the process by winning his first six starts. He 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 GAA and a .981 save percentage in two games played.[3]

Mrázek made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on February 7, 2013, in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Detroit won 5–1, with Mrázek making 26 saves.[4] 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.[5]

Mrázek then 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 Calder Cup Finals to capture the Calder Cup championship. Mrázek played all 24 playoff games and was 15–9 with four shutouts, posting a 2.31 GAA and .916 save percentage.[6]

During the 2013–14 season, Mrázek was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team, finishing second in the AHL in GAA (2.10) and third in save percentage (.924) through 32 regular season games. He posted a 22–9–1 record in his second season with the Griffins, while also seeing action in nine games with Detroit in the NHL, obtaining a 2–4–0 record, 1.74 GAA and .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, he appeared in 29 games for the Red Wings, posting a 16–9–2 record, 2.38 GAA, .918 save percentage and three shutouts.[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 GAA and .976 save percentage. He also 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 of game time for a 0.49 GAA and 0.983 save percentage (117 saves from 119 shots) 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]

On April 16, 2015, Mrázek made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his first playoff game, he posted 44 saves on 46 shots to help lead the Red Wings to a 3–2 win. On April 21, Mrázek posted his first career playoff shutout in a 3–0 win.[12] On April 25, Mrázek had another playoff shutout, a 4–0 win. He became the 14th Red Wings goaltender to post two shutouts in one playoff series, and only the third rookie goaltender to do so, following Earl Robertson in 1937 and Harry Lumley in 1945.[13][14] Among NHL rookie goaltenders who started more than 15 games, Mrázek placed third in wins, second in goals-against average, first in save percentage and second in shutouts. Following the 2014–15 season, Mrázek was named the Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.[15]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 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.[6][16]

Mrázek represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World Championship as the third goaltender, where he won a bronze medal.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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 63 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
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 13 9 2 0 756 26 3 2.06 .927
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 16 9 2 1,585 64 3 2.38 .918 7 3 4 398 14 2 2.11 .925
NHL totals 41 20 14 0 2,153 80 6 2.23 .920 7 3 4 398 14 2 2.11 .925

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 [18]
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best goaltender 2012
AHL Second All-Star Team 2013–14 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowness, Rick (October 19, 2011). Mrazek sings three-year entry-level deal "Mrazek sings three-year entry-level deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Griffins welcome Mrazek, Coetzee and Piche". Grand Rapids Griffins. April 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mrazek named CCM/AHL Player of the Week". American Hockey League. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mrazek wins NHL debut, Red Wings beat Blues 5-1". Yahoo! Sports. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Petr Mrazek (G) Grand Rapids Griffins". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Petr Mrazek". Hockey's Future. 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. ^ Roose, Bill (April 21, 2015). "Mrazek stymies Lightning in 3-0 win". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ Roose, Bill (April 25, 2015). "Wings don't squander Game 5 lead". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ Peterson, Craig (April 26, 2015). "Mrazek the difference maker in series". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (June 4, 2015). "Mrazek is DSBA's rookie of the year". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Morreale, Mike (December 30, 2011). "Czechs stun U.S. behind Mrazek's goaltending". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Mrazek, Koukal registered; Erat expected to join". IIHF. May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kuznetsov named U20 MVP". IIHF. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ 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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