And the first Blackhawk to bolt to Europe to play during the NHL lockout is… Michael Frolik.
As first reported by eliteprospects.com, Frolik has signed on to play with Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Let’s see what rozhlas.cz has to say about this, through the magic of Google Translate:
Chicago striker Michael Frolik strengthen extraleague Chomutov. Czech hockey player will be at the club in the Central lockout NHL. The team should be a member of the team bronze from the last World Cup to join in the coming days.
Michael Frolik player but is positive, so the clubs must first agree on which should be the weekend of the state. The Pirates have signed čtyřiadvacetiletý player.
In the NHL playoffs, including Frolik played 315 matches, of which he chalked up to his 53 goals and 83 assists. In Extraleague appeared already at sixteen, two years later, he was like the tenth order draftovala Florida.
When lockout overseas competition in the domestic competition appear first Tuesday in Třinec since Sunday match in Liberec still misses. In Chomutov fans will see him on Friday in a game against Kladno.
Wow. That was insightful.
Frolik might be the first Blackhawks player to head overseas to play while the NHL and the NHLPA fight it out, but he certainly won’t be the last. Viktor Stalberg has stated that he would like to play with Frölunda of Elitserien, while Niklas Hjalmarsson is already back home in Sweden. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane isn’t sure if he’ll head to Europe — but if he does, he would like to play with Jonathan Toews.