Alexander Frolov

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Alexander Frolov
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Born (1982-06-19) June 19, 1982 (age 32)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
CSKA Moscow
Avangard Omsk
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1999–present

Alexander Alexandrovich Frolov (Russian: Александр Александрович Фролов; born June 19, 1982) is a Russian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. In an eight-year National Hockey League career he played with the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.

Playing career[edit]

Frolov was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He had been playing in Russia's third-tier hockey league with Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl, then stayed in Russia for two more seasons, moving up to the second-tier Russian Supreme League (RSL) and first-tier Russian Super League (RSL) with Krylya Sovetov Moscow.

Signed to a three-year contract with the Kings in July 2002,[1] Frolov made his NHL debut in 2002 for the Kings, scoring his first NHL goal, a game-winner, in his seventh game on October 25, against Mike Richter of the New York Rangers.[2] Frolov finished his rookie season with 14 goals and 31 points. After improving to a team-high 24 goals[3] and 48 points the following season, Frolov returned to the Russian Super League in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout. He began the season with CSKA Moscow and finished second in team scoring to Nikolai Zherdev despite completing the campaign with Dynamo Moscow.[4]

Frolov became a restricted free agent before the 2005–06 NHL season and after turning down a three-year deal, he signed a longer term five-year, $14.5 million contract in August 2005.[5] In the first year of his new contract, he scored his first NHL hat trick on November 13, 2005, in an 8–2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.[6] Later that season, Frolov was named to Russia's 2006 Winter Olympic team in Torino and suffered a partially separated shoulder. He missed approximately a month with the Kings when he returned,[7] but still managed a 54-point season in 69 games.

In 2006–07, Frolov continued to improve and recorded a career-high 35 goals and 71 points, second in team point-scoring to Mike Cammalleri.[8] He finished second in team-scoring for the second consecutive year to Anze Kopitar in 2007–08 with 67 points,[9] despite missing 11 games due to a groin injury suffered in November.[10]

An unrestricted free agent after the 2009-2010 season, signed with the New York Rangers on July 27, 2010 for 1 year, $3 million. On January 8, 2011, Frolov suffered a torn ACL of the right knee after Anaheim Ducks forward Brad Winchester fell over Frolov's leg and missed the remainder of the 2010-11 season after he underwent surgery. Frolov registered seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, along with eight penalty minutes in 43 games during his only season with the Rangers.

On May 12, 2011, Frolov left the NHL and signed a three-year contract with Russian team, Avangard Omsk, of the Kontinental Hockey League.[11] On November 5, 2013, Avangard Omsk traded Frolov and Stanislav Egorsheva to CSKA Moscow in exchange for Sergei Shirokov and Maxim Goncharov.[12]

International play[edit]

Alexander Frolov
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2009 Bern
Silver 2010 Germany
Bronze 2007 Moscow
World Junior Championships
Gold 2002 Czech Republic

Frolov represented Russia on two occasions as a junior at the 2000 World Junior U18 Championships in Switzerland and 2001 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he earned a gold medal. He scored a goal in the 5-4 gold medal game victory over Team Canada and finished with a team-high 6 goals and 8 points in 7 games.

After completing his rookie season with the Los Angeles Kings, Frolov debuted at the senior level with Russia at the 2003 World Championships and scored 5 points as Russia failed to medal. He made his second World Championships appearance in 2007, tallying an international personal best 11 points in 9 games. Playing as the host nation, Russia earned bronze defeating Sweden 3–1 in the bronze medal game.

Frolov also competed in the 2004 World Cup where he managed 2 assists in 4 games. He was selected to his first Winter Olympics for the 2006 games in Torino. However, Frolov was injured early in the tournament, suffering a partially separated shoulder in a round-robin game against Kazakhstan.[citation needed] He missed the remainder of Russia's games as they were defeated 3–0 by Finland in the semi-final game.

He was selected as a reserve by Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Spartak Moscow RUS-2 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl RUS-3 36 27 13 40 30
2001–02 Krylya Sovetov 2 Moscow RUS-3 2 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Krylya Sovetov Moscow RSL 43 17 13 30 16 3 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 14 17 31 34
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 24 24 48 8
2003–04 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod RSL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 CSKA Moscow RSL 42 20 17 37 10
2004–05 Dynamo Moscow RSL 6 2 1 3 2 6 2 1 3 0
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 21 33 54 40
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 35 36 71 34
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 23 44 67 22
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 32 27 59 30
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 19 32 51 26 6 1 3 4 0
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 43 7 9 16 8
2011–12 Avangard Omsk KHL 54 12 12 24 16 21 2 2 4 10
2012–13 Avangard Omsk KHL 47 13 28 41 10 10 0 3 3 2
2013–14 Avangard Omsk KHL 22 3 8 11 4
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 29 6 3 9 6 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 579 175 222 397 218 6 1 3 4 0
KHL totals 152 34 51 85 36 35 2 5 7 14

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Russia WJC18 2 6 5 1 6 10
2002 Russia WJC 1 7 6 2 8 4
2003 Russia WC 5th 7 3 2 5 6
2004 Russia WCH 5th 4 0 2 2 2
2006 Russia Oly 4th 6 0 1 1 0
2007 Russia WC 3 9 5 6 11 0
2009 Russia WC 1 7 3 1 4 2
2010 Russia Oly 6th 0 - - - -
2010 Russia WC 2 8 0 1 1 2
Senior int'l totals 41 11 13 24 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crowe, Jerry and Foster, Chris (2002-07-16). "Ducks sign Chistov". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles vs. N.Y. Rangers". USA Today. 2002-10-25. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  3. ^ "2003-04 Los Angeles Kings [NHL]". Hockey Database. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  4. ^ "2004-05 CSKA Moscow [Russia]". Hockey Database. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  5. ^ Foster, Chris and Stephens, Eric (2005-08-13). "Frolov Signs Five-Year Deal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  6. ^ Miller, Rusty (2005-11-13). "Kings batter Blue Jackets in 8-2 drubbing". Associated Press and USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Kings beat Preds for first win under new head coach". Associated Press and ESPN. 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  8. ^ "2006-07 Los Angeles Kings [NHL]". Hockey Database. Archived from the original on 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  9. ^ "2007-08 Los Angeles Kings [NHL]". Hockey Database. Archived from the original on 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  10. ^ Kredell, Matthew (2008-02-22). "Frolov Hot". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Alexander Frolov in Avangard" (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  12. ^ "Shirokov did not feel comfortable at CSKA - hockey agent" (in Russian). R-Sport. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  13. ^ http://www.russianhockeyfans.com/team-russia/kovalev-frolov-zubov-and-kulemin-added-to-olympics-squad-116.html

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Preceded by
Mathieu Biron
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Jens Karlsson