June 19, 1982 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||CSKA Moscow
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Alexander Alexandrovich Frolov (Russian: Александр Александрович Фролов; born June 19, 1982) is a retired Russian ice hockey player. In an eight-year National Hockey League career he played with the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. After Frolov's NHL career ended, he played in the Kontinental Hockey League for three seasons, with Avangard Omsk and CSKA Moscow.
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, 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. Frolov finished his rookie season with 14 goals and 31 points. After improving to a team-high 24 goals 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.
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. 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. 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, 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. He finished second in team-scoring for the second consecutive year to Anze Kopitar in 2007–08 with 67 points, despite missing 11 games due to a groin injury suffered in November.
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. On November 5, 2013, Avangard Omsk traded Frolov and Stanislav Egorsheva to CSKA Moscow in exchange for Sergei Shirokov and Maxim Goncharov.
On September 15, 2014, Frolov announced his retirement from professional hockey citing the effect of knee injuries he had sustained since 2011.
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
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. He missed the remainder of Russia's games as they were defeated 3–0 by Finland in the semi-final game.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||RSL||1||0||0||0||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||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Alexander Frolov in Avangard" (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "Shirokov did not feel comfortable at CSKA - hockey agent" (in Russian). R-Sport. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- Alexander Frolov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Alexander Frolov's player profile at NHL.com
- Alexander Frolov profile at Eurohockey.com
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick