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Video: Frolik saluted by Blackhawks fans on ‘special’ night

Nov 7, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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It’s not every day that an opposing player gets a standing ovation in another team’s home rink.

That, however, was the case Wednesday, when Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik made his return to the United Center in Chicago.

Frolik received a standing ovation from the crowd of 21,122 fans in attendance. He quickly stood up from the bench and saluted the crowd.

Frolik, 25, spent the last two-and-a-half seasons with the Blackhawks, and was a key contributor to the team’s Stanley Cup championship last June.

“Obviously, it brings a lot of great memories,” Frolik told ESPN Chicago prior to Wednesday’s game.

“It feels special to be back. Hopefully I’m going to have a good tonight, but obviously it’s special. I will remember this place, I think, for the rest of my life.”

  1. letsgopens8771 - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    I remember how the Penguins did the same thing for Gonchar. Always good to see.

  2. tfilarski - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Blackhawks are a classy organization. Gave Bolland a huge tribute a few weeks back as well

  3. abouv1 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Take notes Boston

    • pepper2011 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      why? Seguin and Peverley both got a nice hand when they showed them on the big board in B’s gear holding the Cup. Seguin was booed after that, but I think if anything it was reassurance to the front office that the fan base was on board with their decision (not that they need it).

      I think in many fans eyes Seguin chose being a young kid over being a hockey player. It’s perfectly fine; It’s his choice, but I am not going to applaud him for it. I know when I shell out $150 or so dollars for a ticket that Bergeron, Chara and everyone else on the B’s weren’t out partying all night.

      if you showed up for work appearing hung over and useless during the most important time of the year at your job – you would probably be fired/suspended/demoted (assuming you can’t be traded).

      Yes, 1 goal in 22 games from a guy who can clearly be a force when he puts in the work.

      That is why he is/was booed. He was paid to act like a professional and he didn’t. He didn’t perform and he actions gave people a reason why he didn’t perform.

      Frolik was shipped out because he was a professional and performed; He was also a 4th line player. Frolik who had 8 goals in the last two years. Seguin had 16 last year. Frolik had 3x as many goals in the playoffs last year.

      • pepper2011 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        If you want to see a tribute: 2/1/14

        Andrew Ference returns. That is a guy that DESERVES a tribute.

    • pepper2011 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      also – would this be the same classy fans that Stole a helmet from a player and dumped a beer on his head?

      • abouv1 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        That was one drunken fan

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