Memorial Cup Memories: Martin Frk
The 2010 CHL Import Draft offered GM Cam Russell the opportunity to add a star to the rebuilding Mooseheads. Putting Martin Frk’s name on the Mooseheads protected list proved to a lot easier than getting his name on the back of a Mooseheads jersey. After selecting Frk third overall in the June 29 draft Frk’s Czech organization, HC Karlovy Vary, informed the Mooseheads that Frk was under contract and would not be released to play in North America. After a summer of fruitless negotiation including a denied appeal to the International Ice Hockey Federation Russell’s persistence finally resulted in Frk’s September 1 transfer to the Mooseheads. It is difficult to imagine the Mooseheads winning the Memorial Cup without Marty Frk.
Marty played most of the 2012-13 season on the Club’s top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Frk was the team’s second leading scorer in the regular season and his 33 playoff points tied him with MacKinnon for second among playoff scorers. It was Frk, not Drouin, who joined MacKinnon and Portland’s Ty Rattie as the forwards on the Memorial Cup All-Star team. When the statistics were tallied at the end of the 2013 season only Drouin’s 54 goals exceeded the 53 that Marty Frk scored during the regular season, playoffs and Memorial Cup.
Along with his sparkling offensive output Mooseheads fans will remember Marty Frk as the player who probably shot the puck harder than any player in team history. Unfortunately the most remarkable shot of Frk’s career was one that Mooseheads fans did not see live. During Game 4 of the President’s Cup final in Baie Comeau a Martin Frk slapshot zipped into the Drakkar net and stuck in the mesh. The arena buzzed as the game was delayed for five or six minutes as the two linesmen tried to pry the puck loose. There are no reports of Baie Comeau players going down to block a Frk slapshot in Game 5 of the final.
The Detroit Red Wings drafted Marty in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. He is becoming a dominant offensive force in the American Hockey League. Earlier this season the Carolina Hurricanes claimed him on waivers and he subsequently appeared in two NHL games. Detroit reclaimed Marty a short time afterwards when Carolina tried to return him to the AHL. At 23 it’s a good bet that Marty will turn into a potent goal scorer in the NHL.
|Grand Rapids (AHL) 2013-14||50||3||9||12||-12||22|
|Toledo (ECHL) 2013-14||15||5||8||13||-11||10|
|Grand Rapids (AHL) 2014-15||32||6||6||12||0||16|
|Toledo (ECHL) 2014-15||29||23||15||38||+12||16|
|Grand Rapids (AHL) 2015-16||67||27||17||44||0||89|
|Carolina Hurricanes 2016-17||2||0||0||0||-3||0|
|Grand Rapids (AHL) 2016-17||22||10||5||15||-1||20|
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