EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 20, the Los Angeles Kings announced that forwards Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus will represent Russia and Slovakia, respectively, in the 2009 IIHF World Championships, scheduled for April 24 – May 10, 2009, in Switzerland.
Frolov, 26, scored 32 goals (leading the team) and added 27 assists for 59 points in 77 games with the Kings this season. He also led the team with twelve power play goals and in shooting percentage (18.2%).
The native of Moscow, Russia last played for his native country at the 2007 World Championships (won the bronze medal), recording eleven points in nine games. He also played for Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2003 World Championships, the 2002 World Junior Championships (won the gold medal), and the 2000 World Junior Under-18 Championships (won the silver medal).
Handzus, 32, scored 18 goals and contributed 24 assists for 42 points in 82 games with the Kings this season. He was named as the Kings’ Best Defensive Player, their Unsung Hero and is the Kings’ nominee for the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The native of Banska Bystricia, Slovakia will represent his country in international play for the first time in the tournament.
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