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FOUR MORE KINGS SELECTED TO PLAY AT 2006 WINTER OLYMPICS

Friday, 12.23.2005 / 10:43 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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FOUR MORE KINGS SELECTED TO PLAY AT 2006 WINTER OLYMPICS
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman Mattias Norstrom (Sweden), left wing Alexander Frolov (Russia) and center/right wing Pavol Demitra and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (Slovakia) have been selected to represent their native countries at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, it was announced. They join Kings center Craig Conroy and defenseman Aaron Miller (United States), who were named to the American squad by USA Hockey on Monday.

The hockey games at the 2006 Winter Olympics begin on February 15 and conclude on February 26.

Mattias Norstrom, 33, has played in two previous Olympic games, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 1998 Games in Japan. The 6-2, 210-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, has also previously represented Sweden at the 2005 World Championships; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; the 2003 World Championships (silver medal); the 2000 World Championships; the 1998 World Championships (gold medal); the 1997 World Championships (silver medal); the 1996 World Cup; the 1996 World Championships; and the 1992 World Junior Championships (silver medal).

Alexander Frolov, 23, will be making his Olympic debut at the games. The 6-2, 210-pound native of Moscow, Russia, has previously represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup; the 2003 World Championships (co-led the team in points with five); and the 2002 World Juniors (gold medal; led the team in goals with six and co-led the team in points with eight).

Pavol Demitra, 31, has played in one previous Olympic games, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. The 6-0, 206-pound native of Dubnica, Slovakia, has also represented Slovakia at the 2005 World Championships; the 2004 World Cup; the 2004 World Championships; the 2003 World Championships; the 1996 World Championships; and the 1996 World Cup. He represented the Czech Republic at the 1993 World Junior Championships and the 1992 European Junior Championships.

Lubomir Visnovsky, 29, has played in one previous Olympic games, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. The 5-10, 188-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia, has also represented Slovakia at the 2005 World Championships; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; the 2003 World Championships (bronze medal; led in tournament in scoring by defensemen); the 2002 World Championships (gold medal); the 2000 World Championships (silver medal); the 1999 World Championships; the 1997 World Championships; the 1996 World Championships; the 1996 World Junior Championships (tied for team lead in scoring); the 1996 World Cup of Hockey; the 1995 World Junior Championships (silver medal); and the 1994 European Junior Championships (gold medal).

Craig Conroy, 34, will be making his Olympic debut at the games. The 6-2, 197-pound native of Potsdam, New York, has previously represented the United States at the 2004 World Cup.

Aaron Miller, 34, has played in one previous Olympic games, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he earned a silver medal. The 6-3, 218-pound native of Buffalo, New York, has also represented the United States in the 2005 World Hockey Championships; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; the 2004 World Championships (bronze medal); and the 1991 World Junior Championships.