|Captain Canada Ryan Smyth will play for his country and the World Championships. |
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forwards Ryan Smyth (Canada) and Alexander Frolov (Russia) will represent their countries at the 2010 IIHF World Championship tournament, the Kings announced. The World Championship tournament is scheduled for May 7-23 in Germany.
Last week, it was announced that Kings defensemen Matt Greene
and Jack Johnson will represent the United States, and Kings Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger will be apart of Team Canada’s training staff during the World Championship.
Smyth, 34, has extensive international experience for Canada, earning the nickname “Captain Canada.” He has participated in the Olympics twice – 2006 and 2002 (gold medal) – and he also represented Canada at seven consecutive World Championships from 1999-2005, winning gold medals in 2004 and 2003, and a silver medal in 2005. He also served as Canada’s captain at the World Championships for five seasons (2001-2005), and he was also a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and at the 1995 World Junior Championship. In all, Smyth has appeared in a record total 85 international games for Team Canada (20-24=44, 38 PIM).
A 6-2, 189-pound left wing from Banff, Alberta, Smyth played in 67 regular season games with the Kings this season, his first with the club, and recorded 53 points (22-31=53) and 42 penalty minutes. He also played in six postseason games, recording two points (1-1=2) and six penalty minutes. Smyth has played in 987 career regular season NHL games for the Kings, Colorado, New York Islanders and Edmonton, recording 713 points (332-381=713) and 775 penalty minutes. Frolov, 27, has represented Team Russia at the 2009 World Championship (gold medal), the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2003 World Championship and the 2002 World Junior Championship (gold medal).
A 6-2, 208-pound left wing from Moscow, Frolov played in 81 regular season games with the Kings this season and recorded 51 points (19-32=51) and 26 penalty minutes. He also played in six postseason games, recording four points (1-3=4) and zero penalty minutes. Frolov has played in 536 career regular season NHL games for the Kings, recording 381 points (168-213=381) and 210 penalty minutes.