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Two Hawks earn medals at Worlds

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks
Michael Frolik (far right) stands with his Czech teammates following their win in the bronze medal game.

Although most of the Blackhawks have hung up their skates for the season, three forwards – Marian Hossa (Slovakia), Michael Frolik (Czech Republic) and Marcus Kruger (Sweden) – accepted invitations from their respective countries to play in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship tournament, held this month in Slovakia.

Heading into this past weekend, just four teams remained in contention for IIHF gold: Sweden, the Czech Republic, Russia and Finland, with Sweden and Finland competing in the championship game on Sunday.

Two Blackhawks walked away with medals from the 2011 IIHF World Champions, which concluded Sunday in Slovakia. Forward Michael Frolik and the Czech Republic finished in third for the tournament, besting Russia in the consolation game, 7-4, the highest-scoring bronze medal game in IIHF history. Meanwhile, in the championship game, Marcus Kruger and Sweden fell to Finland 6-1, after surrendering five third-period goals, and settling for silver.

Michael Frolik finished the tournament with 5 points (3G, 2A), to go with a +4 plus/minus rating in 9 games. The 23-year-old Czech forward recorded a primary assist in his team’s 4-0 win over the U.S. in the tournament quarterfinals, but was held scoreless in both the loss to Sweden in the semifinals, and the win over Russia in the bronze medal game.

Marcus Kruger scored 3 points (2G, A) as Sweden won silver in the tournament. The 20-year-old Stockholm, Sweden native was kept off the scoresheet as his team bested Germany on Sunday and fell to Finland on Sunday, but recorded his second goal of the tournament in Sweden’s 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

For a complete list of IIHF World Championship results, plus rosters for all competing countries in the tournament,
click here.
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