We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.
I’m pretty sure in the current Chicago Blackhawks history meaning since they started winning Stanley Cup Championships, no player has left with a bigger reputation besides maybe Dave Bolland then Michael Frolik.
Frolik’s stats in three seasons weren’t very good and fans were not very high on Frolik even though he had the dreaded word “potential”. His three year stat line with the Chicago Blackhawks goes like this.
Michael Frolik Chicago Blackhawks Career
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As you can see potential and real live stats never caught up with Frolik with the Chicago Blackhawks, but something happened in 2013 that made him a fan favorite.
First Frolik became a vital part of the 2013 team especially on special teams and the penalty kill. The Chicago Blackhawks started off the season with the record breaking 24 game point streak and Frolik was a huge part of the team of that team without scoring but defending and playing on a strong fourth line.
Frolik did score one of the most important goals of the Stanley Cup playoffs when he deposited his penalty shot into the back of the net beatingJimmy Howard
in Game #6 of the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and enabling the Chicago Blackhawks to complete their 3-1 comeback against the hated Detroit Red Wings.
Frolik’s GIF of that goal is still my favorite passing the Red Wings bench and coach Mike Babcock. This GIF I believe and the Chicago Blackhawks 5th Stanley Cup Championship makes the legend of Frolik bigger than it really should be even though his 2013 season has a lot to like.
Frolik was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in the summer of 2013 almost a week after hoisting the Stanley Cup. The Hawks received a 3rd and 5th round pick for #67 and that was the end of the Frolik era.
We are now at 67 days until Banner Raising! Thanks Frolik!
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