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Michael Frolik Days Until Chicago Blackhawks’ Opening Night

By Brian Kinkade

Jun 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Michael Frolik (67) carries the puck away from Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (18) during the third period in game five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

With 67 days remaining on the countdown to opening night, for the Chicago Blackhawks and the 2014-2015 NHL Regular Season, we take a look back at the only player to ever wear the #67, for the Hawks, Michael Frolik.  

Frolik joined the Blackhawks on February 9th, 2011, when the Hawks acquired him from the Florida Panthers along with goaltender, Alexander Salak, in exchange for Jack Skille and Hugh Jessiman.  

After joining the Hawks, Frolik put up 9 points(3 goals, 6 assists) in 28 regular season games, in 2011.  During the 7-game 1st round series against the Vancouver Canucks, that year, Frolik collected 5 points(2 goals, 3 assists) including this goal on a penalty shot, against Cory Schneider.

The Hawks ultimately lost the series, to the Canucks, but Frolik would be back in Chicago for the 2011-2012 season.  However, it was a season Michael would likely want to forget.

15 points(5 goals, 10 assists) in 63 games played, but a solid 3 points(2 goals, 1 assist) in the disappointing 1st round loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Apparently the lockout did Michael some good, as he returned home to the Czech Republic to play hockey, until the NHL season finally started, in January of 2013.

When the 2013 NHL Regular Season did start, Frolik was a new man, in a new role.  Frolik was now in charge of playing defense-first hockey and was now a vital cog in the Hawks’ Penalty Killing plans.

The changing of roles worked wonders for Frolik.

Frolik went on to have arguably his best season yet, even though he only put up 10 points in 45 games, his defensive play and excellence on the Penalty Kill was one of the biggest yet, less talked about reasons the Hawks went on to win the President’s Trophy, in 2013.

The strong defensive play and Penalty Killing continued into the playoffs, where Frolik also put up 10 points in 23 games, en route to the getting his name engraved onto the Stanley Cup, as a member of the 2012-2013 Chicago Blackhawks.

However, that would be Frolik’s last hurrah, with the Hawks, as he would wind up being a salary cap casualty, for the Hawks and was traded to the Winnipeg Jets, where he still plays.

Michael Frolik had his ups and downs, but will always be remembered as an unsung but very important member of the 2012-2013 Stanley Cup Champion Hawks team.  He is also still the only player to wear #67, for the Blackhawks.

Go Hawks!