Selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (135th overall), Justin Florek
said he was humbled to become a part of the tradition-rich Black & Gold.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get drafted to a team like Boston — an Original Six team and a team that has such a great fan base."” said the Northern Michigan University Wildcat.
As such, Florek, a native of Marquette, Michigan has enjoyed traveling to Bruins Development Camp.
“It’s really cool, the past two years, going to Boston in the summer,” he explained. "I got to play with guys like Tyler Seguin
, Dougie Hamilton
— first rounders.”
Asked to describe his own playing style, Florek said, “I would have to say I’m a power-forward...I like to fight for pucks in the corner.”
But this past summer, Florek proved that not only could he fight for pucks in the corner, but that he could also win battles in front of the net.
“He’s heavy around the front of the net and then you see the release when he gets one chance,” said Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney. “Some guys need two, three, four, five.
"But he gets one and buries it.”
“Five feet around the net is kind of my sweet spot,” said Florek. "Rebounds are usually where I get all my goals."
Currently in his senior season at NMU, the forward leads NMU in points (11), goals (7) and power play goals (4) through their first 14 games.
Recently, Florek was named the CCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week for Oct 18th-Oct 24th after back-to-back games against Michigan in which Florek tallied a goal and three assists, including a helper that set up the game-winning tally with less than 3 minutes to go in their 5-3 win over the Wolverines on October 21.
“There are so many great players in the CCHA and to be named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week is pretty amazing,” said Florek. “I’m pretty grateful for that and fortunate that I had the weekend I had.”
Justin has also been able stay focused on the ice while maintaining a balanced life outside the rink.
Last year he was the recipient of NMU’s “Clara Pantalone Memorial Community Service Award" and spoke about his involvement in a local Big Brother-Big Sister program.
“I get to spend a lot of time with my little brother in that," he said. "It’s great to give back and give kids like that someone to look up to in life.”
As a testament to that leadership, Florek has been awarded a “C” by NMU.
“I’m a really hard worker," explained the Wildcat captain. "That’s what I bring to the table every single time. I try to lead by example the best I can and be the hardest worker on the ice.”---John Griffin