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Florida Panthers Michael Frolik and Rostislav Olesz to play for Czech National Team at WC

The world has begun taking notice of NHL rookie-no-more Michael Frolik.


Michael Frolik

#67 / Center / Florida Panthers

6-1

185

Feb 17, 1988


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Michael Frolik 79 21 24 45 10 22 1 0 2 1 158 13.3


He'll be participating along with fellow Panther (and 26 year contract holder) Rusty Olesz, who was hobbled most of the season by injury, in the 2009 World Championship later this week.


Rostislav Olesz

#85 / Left Wing / Florida Panthers

6-1

214

Oct 10, 1985


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Rostislav Olesz 37 4 5 9 -5 8 0 0 0 0 69 5.8



The national team is highlighted by the addition of current KHL'er Jaromir Jagr, and coached by former Boston Bruin Vladimir Ruzicka. Whom I hated in the early nineties.The inclusion of Frolik adds an element of intrigue to the Czech squad: what will he learn from the experience? Indeed, from Jagr? Will Olesz be inspired to step up his play, career-wise? Or at least remain healthy?

Should be a fun bunch of games.

Update: just noticed Steve Gorten's Sun-Sentinel blog had a similar story, so here's the link.