Kateřina Mrázová (ice hockey)

Katerina Mrazova (born 19 October 1992) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Brynäs IF and the Czech national team team.[1] Known for her stickhandling skills, she was the first European player to win the Clarkson Cup, winning the championship with the Boston Blades in 2013, and the first Czech player to score a goal in the NWHL.[2][3]

Kateřina Mrázová
Born (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 29)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb; 10 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
SDHL team
Former teams
Brynäs IF
Connecticut Whale
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs
Boston Blades
SC Kolin
National team  Czech Republic
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Her first season in the CWHL was in 2012–13. She would play for head coach Digit Murphy on the Boston Blades and was used as a defensive forward. She would help the club obtain their first regular season title in league history. At the 2013 Clarkson Cup, Mrazova would help the Blades claim the trophy. In addition, she would become the first European to win the coveted trophy.

After that season, she left the CWHL to play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the next five years. Across 117 NCAA games, she scored 75 points. She missed the entire 2015-16 season due to a knee injury. She was named to the 2016-17 WCHA All-Academic Team.

On the 11th of July 2018, Mrázová returned to professional hockey, and signed a contract with the NWHL's Connecticut Whale.[4] Along with Denisa Křížová, she was one of the first two Czech players to play in the NWHL, and became the first Czech player to pick up a point in the NWHL. She put up 12 points in 15 games in the 2018-19 season for the Whale. On the 20th of October 2018, she scored the Whale's first power-play goal since mid-February 2018.[5]

She would only play one year in the NWHL, before returning to Europe to sign with Brynäs of the SDHL. She scored 51 points in 34 games in her debut SDHL season, the fourth leading scorer in the league and top in the league in assists, and added another 10 points in 5 playoff games as Brynäs were defeated by Luleå HF/MSSK in the semi-finals.[6]

InternationalEdit

She represented Czechia at three IIHF Women’s U18 World Championships, being named an assistant captain in the 2010 tournament where the country finished in seventh.

Mrazova competed with the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships. The tournament marked the first time that the Czech Republic competed at that level. Although the Czechs lost to Sweden in the relegation round, Mrazova accumulated 2 points on 2 assists during the tournament.

She has competed in three Olympic qualification tournaments with Czechia, getting two points in three games in 2009 and scoring one goal in three games in 2013, the country failing to qualify both times. She notched three points in three games for Czechia's 2017 Olympic qualification run, the country ultimately failing to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Career statisticsEdit

CWHLEdit

Year GP G A PTS PIM
2012–13 21 1 1 2 4

IIHFEdit

Year Event GP G A PTS PIM
Czech Republic 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds 5 0 2 2 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship roster
  2. ^ "Boston Blades making Beantown proud with historic Clarkson Cup victory | Canadian Women's Hockey League – Pointstreak Sites". cwhl.ca. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ "The Whale's Mrazová: Opening Doors for Czech Women's Hockey". 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ Press Release (11 July 2018). "Whale Sign Czech Republic National Team and U. of Minnesota Duluth Forward Katerina Mrázová". NWHL. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Kateřina Mrázová's magic hands". 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Vann assistligan – nu förlänger hon med Brynäs - Hockeysverige – Mer av sporten du älskar".

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