ONTARIO, Calif. — Martin Frk set an American Hockey League record with a 109.2 mph shot at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition at Toyota Arena on Sunday.
The record-setting shot came on the second attempt from the Ontario (Los Angeles Kings) forward and helped give the Western Conference an 18-15 win against the Eastern Conference. The previous record was 105.5 mph by Colin Miller of Manchester (Kings) in 2015.
“My stick does a lot of the work for me,” the 26-year-old said. “I like my stick really low-flex, and I’ve got kind of a big curve for it. I’m thankful that my stick didn’t break. When the number popped up there, I was pretty happy.”
Frk’s first shot was 104 mph before the record-breaking effort in front of his hometown fans. Bakersfield (Edmonton Oilers) rookie defenseman Evan Bouchard, the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was second with a shot of 103 mph.
The event will continue with the AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NHLN; TSN). It will be a 3-on-3 round-robin tournament among four teams representing each division in the AHL (Atlantic, North, Central, and Pacific).
Frk leads Ontario with 30 points (20 goals, 10 assists) in 33 games and has scored three goals for the Kings in four NHL games. He signed with Los Angeles on July 1, after he played the past six seasons in the Detroit Red Wings organization. Detroit chose him in the second round (No. 49) of the 2012 NHL Draft and he had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 100 games with the Red Wings and won the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids of the AHL in 2017.
Joining Frk at the event were a pair of Ontario teammates, goalie Cal Petersen and defenseman Kale Clague.
Petersen, who is is 16-15-4 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 36 games, knows the speed and power of Frk’s shot all too well, facing him regularly in practice.
“I knew there was chance that [Frk] would put up something pretty crazy, and he came through for the fans,” Petersen said. “But I’m going to have to be [facing Frk in practice] when we go back to work on Friday. So, it’s going to be back to that.
“[Frk] can get this kind of the shot off from anywhere. I mean, it doesn’t even need to be a full slap shot like he showed [Sunday]. I mean, he has probably a 100 mph just half-[shot], and his wrist shot is probably high-80s [mph]. So I mean, he’s kind of the whole package when it comes to having a lethal shot, and he’s definitely making me better by having [to face that shot].”
Frk said he’s happy about his decision to sign with Los Angeles.
“It’s great,” he said. “You know, I had been with the Red Wings for a long time. I loved being there, but I think I knew that I needed to try something different, try something new.”
Frk and his teammates live in the Los Angeles area, and they have fully embraced the Southern California lifestyle.
“You’ve just got to do your work for three hours, and then go to the beach. There is always something to do, and I’m just happy to be here. Being with the Kings [on recall] was really great, and I’m just happy to be part of this organization.”