Chicago Blackhawks: Micheal Frolik Last Man Standing at World Championships

Jon FromiSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2012

Chicago Blackhawks: Micheal Frolik Last Man Standing at World Championships

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    The 2011-12 NHL season is a distant memory for the Chicago Blackhawks, but some members of the organization were still in action at the 2012 IIHF World Championships.

    Heading into the semifinals, forward Michael Frolik stands alone. His team from the Czech Republic still has the opportunity to finish with a medal.

    In all, seven current members of the organization skated on one of four different teams. Let's see how those 'Hawks who were active at the worlds fared in Helsinki and Stockholm the last two weeks.

Team Canada

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    Team Canada, featuring Blackhawks starts Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp, was eliminated by Slovakia 4-3 with two late third period goals. Canada had defeated the Slovaks 3-2 early in the tournament.

    Keith led the Canadian team with 11 points for the tournament. He had a goal and 10 assists and was a plus-seven in eight games. Not surprisingly, Keith led all Team Canada skaters with over 22 minutes in ice time per game.

    Sharp, donning No. 81 in honor of teammate Marian Hossa, played in all eight contests for Canada. He contributed a goal and seven assists and was a plus-two for the tournament as Team Canada wound up fifth.

Team Sweden

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    In front of a Stockholm crowd, Team Sweden rallied from two goals down but dropped their quarterfinal game to the Czech Republic 4-3 on a Milan Michalek goal with 29 seconds to play.

    None of the Blackhawks facing off in that contest factored into the final score, but Viktor Stalberg had three goals and an assist in the eight games Team Sweden played on the way to a sixth place finish.

    Marcus Kruger had three goals and a pair of helpers in the tournament, while Niklas Hjalmarsson chipped in with three assists.

Team Czech Republic

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    The Czechs are still in contention for gold and face Slovakia Saturday night in Helsinki to advance to the Sunday's championship game against the winner of the Russia-Finland semifinal.

    Michael Frolik, in typical 'Hawks fashion, leads his team with 21 shots on goal but has just one goal for the tournament to go with an assist. Still, he has to be the last man standing among the Blackhawks who started tournament play two weeks ago.

    The United States fell to Finland Thursday in quarterfinal action, giving up a 2-1 lead with less than seven minutes to play and surrendering the game-winner with just nine seconds left. With neither North American team in medal contention, 'Hawks fans can still find a reason to watch the rest of the World Championships.

    UPDATE: Frolik scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 semifinal loss to Slovakia. The Czech Republic did best Finland 3-2 to claim the bronze medal for the tournament.

Other Notables

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    Cristobal Huet, whose contract expires later this summer, played six of ninth-place France's games in net. Huet was 3-2 with an .882 save percentage and a 3.61 goals against average. He was in goal for all three of France's wins. He gave up seven goals to both the USA and Finland in his two losses.

    Former Blackhawks farmhand Mathis Olimb represented Norway, scoring a goal and adding seven assists as his team finished eighth behind the USA.