NHL PLAYER, Petr Mrazek
Born Feb 14, 1992 -- Ostrava, Czech Republic
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 5 #141 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Petr Mrazek is a Czech 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.
Before going to North America, Mrazek 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, Mrazek 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 25 and 26 June, Mrazek was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round, 141st overall.
On 19 October 2011, Mrazek signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings. 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.
Mrazek made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on 7 February 2013, in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Detroit won 5–1, with Mrazek making 26 saves. With the win, Mrazek became the second goaltender in hockey history to win his ECHL, AHL and NHL debuts in the same season, joining Alex Auld. Mrazek 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. Mrazek played all 24 playoff games and was 15–9 with four shutouts, posting a 2.31 GAA and .916 save percentage.
During the 2013–14 season, Mrazek 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 2 November and at St. Louis on 13 April.
On 1 July 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Mrazek to a one-year contract extension. 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.
On 16 April 2015, Mrazek 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 21 April, Mrazek posted his first career playoff shutout in a 3–0 win.
On 25 April, Mrazek 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. Among NHL rookie goaltenders who started more than 15 games, Mrazek placed third in wins, second in goals-against average, first in save percentage and second in shutouts. Following the 2014–15 season, Mrazek was named the Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
Mrazek and Green step up in Red Wings triumph February 06, 2017
Petr Mrazek recorded his first shutout of the season and Mike Green scored the game’s only goal, as the Detroit Red Wings hung on for a 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Mrazek was named the first star of the match after turning aside all 42 shots he faced, including a 17-shot barrage in the 3rd period to consolidate the victory. Green, meanwhile, tallied the game-winner late in the 1st period, his 10th goal of the season. The Calgary-native leads Detroit in TOI/G (23:55) and points by a defenseman (25).
For more on Saturday’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here.