Frolov, Handzus in Worlds

Alexander Frolov has been chosen to represent Russia, and Michal Handzus has been chosen to represent Slovakia in the IIHF World Championships, which begin Friday in Switzerland. The full news release from the Kings follows…


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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forwards Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus will represent their native countries at the 2009 IIHF World Championship tournament, the Kings today announced. Handzus will play for Slovakia and Frolov will play for Russia at the World Championship tournament that is scheduled for April 24 – May 10 in Switzerland.

Frolov, 26, most recently played for Russia at the 2007 World Championships, where he earned a bronze medal and had 11 points in nine games.
He has also played for his country at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; the 2003 World Championships, where he
co=led his team in points; the 2002 World Junior Championships, where he won a gold medal, led his team in goals and co-led his team in points;
and the 2000 World Junior Under-18 Championships, where he earned a silver medal.

This past season with the Kings, Frolov led the Kings in goals (32), was second in points (59) and was fourth in assists (27) in 77 games. He also led
the Kings with 12 power-play goals, he was third in shots (176) and he led the Kings in shooting percentage (18.2). He is a native of Moscow,
Russia.

Handzus, 32, most recently played for Slovakia at the 2005 World Championships. He has also played for his country at the 2004 World Cup of
Hockey; the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; the 2002 World Championships, where he earned a gold medal; the 2000 World Championships, where
he earned a silver medal; the 1997 World Junior Championships; and the 1996 World Junior Championships.

This past season with the Kings, Handzus played in all 82 games and finished fourth on the team in points (42). He finished second on the Kings
with four game-winning goals and his seven power-play goals were tied for third most on the Kings. This past Saturday, he was named the club’s
Best Defensive Player (as selected by the local media) and the club’s Unsung Hero (as selected by his Kings’ teammates). Earlier this month, he
was selected by the local chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association as the Kings’ nominee for the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial
Trophy, which is awarded each year to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to
hockey.” He is a native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

It was announced last week that Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty will play for Team Canada at the 2009 World Championships, and that Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown, and defensemen Peter Harrold and Jack Johnson will represent the United States.

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  • anthonyy

    Thats more like it.
    These two players, along with JJ, Doughty, and Brown, I can see contributing to their respective teams.
    But not Harrold.

  • B

    Will this be televised on NHL Network?

  • SD3107E

    How about Quick?
    Is he feeling better? Will he be joining Team USA?

  • variable

    congrats to both fro & zus…no big surprise here…just play well and stay healthy…!

  • iansez

    Very no-brainerish…2 of the most under appreciated Kings..

  • wisconsinKingsfan

    Handzus & Frolov: please don’t get hurt. I don’t want to suffer through another less than stellar year for Handzus, which will be even more excruciating now that I know what you are capable of. And Frolov you are our only 30 goal scorer, what would we do without you?

  • WWAMD

    Congrats to both guys

    They both will be assets to their teams

    However, I wish Fro would just rest his groin and take the summer off

  • Paul from Oxnard

    @B: I haven’t heard anything about the NHL Network televising the Worlds. That’s a shame. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the NHL playoffs going on and the time difference.

  • Bring Back the Shield Jersey

    Frankly I don’t want any Kings playing in the Worlds. I would rather they be taking this month off, resting, eating all their favorite comfort foods, going out, and having a blast.

    THEN they get their butts in the gym, eat right, get faster, stronger, quicker, tougher, etc.

    These off-season tournaments screw up their down-time and take away the opportunity to get away and recover physically and mentally.

    I love the pre-professional tournaments: under-18s, W Juniors, and the Olympics (because they’re special and allow for a tournament of best vs best). But seriously, what do Brownie, Fro, Handzeus get out of this? Been there already. So, consequently, what do the Kings get out of it? If anything, it gets in the way of their (especially the called-out Brownie) coming back next year stronger and in better shape.

    It can be beneficial for Quick (if he really does play) and Harrold to get a confidence boost, but that’s it. The competition level is lower than NHL games and it is easier to get injured playing than while working out.

    (sorry if this double posts)

  • Dan H.

    I don’t want to be a spoil sport but I think these guys have to put their allegiance to the team that pays them first and if you’re injured during the season in the NHL should you really be playing in another tournament where you can aggravate that injury.

    I’m talking about Brown and Frolov here. I understand it’s a great honor to play for your country but if you’re already hurt, sit your ass down for a couple of months and recover for training camp!