BUFFALO, NY -- Michael Frolik is bound for the World Cup.
The Calgary Flames forward was one of 16 players named to the initial Czech Republic roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday.
“It’s a big honour to be a part of something like that,” said Frolik, who has previously represented his country at the World Junior Championships, World Championships, and Olympics. “It’s great. You’re going to play against the best players in the world. It’s a good thing to do and be a part of. I’m really excited to go there. That will be awesome.”
The first 16 players to represent the Czech Republic were announced by general manager Martin Rucinsky during a press conference in Prague. The World Cup of Hockey will run Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto and coincides with the start of NHL training camps.
Rucinsky, a former NHLer, named three goalies, four defencemen, and nine forwards.
Frolik, who has 11 goals and 14 assists in 51 games this season for the Flames, was among them.
“It’s going to be nice to go together,” Frolik said. “It’s always fun when you get a group of guys together and play for your country.”
Even if it means potentially facing some Flames teammates.
“When you play against each other it doesn’t matter if you’re teammates or not,” Frolik said. “You want to play against everyone the same way. It’s going to be a fun tournament. It’s going to be something new for me. It’s before the season. Everyone is going to be fresh. It’s going to be a good tournament.”