The world has begun taking notice of NHL rookie-no-more Michael Frolik.
#67 / Center / Florida Panthers
Feb 17, 1988
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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.
#85 / Left Wing / Florida Panthers
Oct 10, 1985
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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.