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Michael Frolik named to preliminary Czech World Cup of Hockey team

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The World Cup of Hockey is returning, and with it, another day to speculate and get excited about roster selections. This morning, Michael Frolik was named to the Czech Republic's preliminary 16 man roster. This will be his 11th time representing his home country, having previously played in three Ivan Hlinka tournaments, four World Juniors, two World Chamionships, two Euro Hockey Tours, one Olympic games, and countless non-tournament appearances.

Frolik is, as always playing a quiet yet effective game for the Flames. He only has 25 points in 51 games thus far, but his defensive contributions have been key in whatever success the Flames have had. With lots of offensive talent (David Krejci, Ondrej Palat, David Pastrnak, Jakub Voracek, Tomas Hertl), but less on defence (Roman Polak, Radko Gudas), Frolik will be trusted to solidify the Czech squad. Teams only have to name their initial 16 man rosters today, so a reunion with former Flame Jiri Hudler is still possible.

Roster announcements are stagnated, so we have a few hours until the next announcement. Here are some more potential announcement regarding Flames players:

11 AM MT: Sweden (Mikael Backlund)

3:15 PM MT: Team North America (Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton)

4:05 PM MT: Team Canada (Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie)