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S. Korean hockey club acquires former 30-goal NHL winger

All Headlines 10:26 July 23, 2018

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- In their latest major offseason signing, South Korean hockey club Daemyung Killer Whales have acquired former National Hockey League (NHL) winger Alexander Frolov.

The Killer Whales announced the signing of the two-time 30-goal man for the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH) team previously signed the reigning league scoring champion Michael Swift and skilled winger Mike Testwuide -- both members of the South Korean national team at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Frolov, a 36-year-old native of Moscow, was a first-round draft pick by the Kings at the 2000 NHL draft. He has spent the past six seasons in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), considered the world's second-best league behind the NHL.

A first round pick at the 2000 NHL draft, Frolov made his debut in the 2002-2003 season with the Kings and scored 14 goals. He then reeled off five consecutive 20-goal seasons, highlighted by a career-high 35 goals in 2006-2007 and 32 in 2008-2009. Frolov also led the Kings in goals in those two seasons.

His last NHL season came with the New York Rangers in 2010-2011. After putting up 175 goals and 222 assists in 579 games there, Frolov returned to his native Russia and joined Omsk Avangard in the KHL. Frolov has since dressed for three more KHL clubs, compiling 53 goals and 79 assists in 280 games.

In international play, Frolov helped Russia to the world junior title in 2002 past Canada, and he has won a gold, a silver and a bronze each at the world championships at the senior level.

In this EPA file photo from Nov. 13, 2008, Alexander Frolov of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of a National Hockey League regular season game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. A two-time 30-goal scorer in the NHL, Frolov signed with a South Korean club Daemyung Killer Whales on July 23, 2018. (Yonhap)

Frolov joins Yuta Suzuki, who led the ALIH with 17 goals last season, and Matt Murley, who ranked second behind Swift in points with 37, in the now-formidable Killer Whales' lineup.

The Killer Whales finished sixth among eight teams last season with 37 points from 28 games, with the season abbreviated to accommodate the Olympics in February. Despite producing the league's best goal scorer and second-best point producer, the Killer Whales scored the fewest goals in the ALIH with 72.

"By signing Frolov, our forward lines are set for the new season," said Daemyung general manager Lee Ki-wan. "We feel his experience in the top competitions, such as the NHL and the KHL, will come in handy and he'll help our young players on and off the ice."

THe Killer Whales said they will look to sign a new goalie before the start of the season on Sept. 1. Last season, they allowed 88 goals, second most in the ALIH.

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