LOS ANGELES – The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has included Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexander Frolov and right wing Valeri Bure on its preliminary Olympic roster, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. The roster also includes defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, who recently (October 10) was assigned by the Kings to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
Frolov, selected by the Kings in the first-round (20th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, last skated with the Russian Ice Hockey Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (4 GP, 0-2=2). The 23-year-old native of Moscow also skated with the Russians at the 2003 World Championships (7 GP, 3-2=5; co-led team in points). The 6-2, 210-pound Frolov led the Kings in goals with 24 and finished second on the team in overall scoring with 48 points (24-24=48) during the 2003-04 season. He has two points (1-1=2) in four games with the Kings this season.
Bure, signed by the Kings as a free agent on August 12, 2005, last skated with the Russians at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Bronze Medal; 6 GP, 1-0=1). The 31-year-old native of Moscow also skated for his native Russia at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games (Silver Medal; 1-0=1). The 5-11, 180-pound Bure's International resume also includes appearances at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey (1 GP, 0-0=0) and the 1994 World Championships (6 GP, 3-0=3). Bure, currently on the Kings injured reserve list with a back injury, collected 22 goals and 52 points (22-30=52) while appearing in 68 games with the Florida Panthers (55 GP, 20-25=45) and the Dallas Stars (13 GP, 2-5=7) during the 2003-04 season.
Grebeshkov, selected by the Kings in the first-round (18th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, last represented his home country at the 2003 World Junior Championships (Gold Medal; 6 GP, 0-2=2; led the tournament with a plus-11 rating). The 22-year-old native of Yaroslavl also skated with the Russians at the 2002 World Junior Championships (Gold Medal; 7 GP, 1-2=3) and at the 2001 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 2-1=3). The 6-1, 195-pound Grebeshkov has yet to appear in a Kings game this season. He led the AHL with 44 assists and tied for fourth among league blueliners with 49 overall points (5-44=49) while skating with the Monarchs during the 2004-05 season.
The 2006 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for February 10-26 in Torino, Italy.
The Kings (3-1-0) continue their five-game homestand at the STAPLES Center versus the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. The contest will air on FSN West, on ESPN Radio 710 (joined in progress following post-season baseball coverage) and along the Kings Radio Network.