By Scott Billeck
Every kid who plays hockey dreams of one day playing in the National Hockey League. Michael Frolik was no different and luckily for him his childhood friend and Winnipeg Jets netminder, Ondrej Pavelec, had the same dream, one that came true for both players.
“It is great,” said Frolik. “We have known each other since we were little, he showed me around here and I am staying with him right now. He introduced me to everybody and showed me the stuff; you know he is a great guy.
“To be with him here, we always talked about before about playing in the NHL together and now it happened and I think we are both excited and hopefully it will be fun.”
Frolik and Pavelec never imagined they would be where they are now as NHL players.
“We never think it is going to come true, but now it has happened,” said Frolik. “If someone said before that we were going to make it into the NHL, I wouldn’t believe him, but now we are here and it is exciting. It is great to have him around.”
Frolik thinks he can play more of a role here than he did with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I can do more roles,” Frolik said. “In Chicago I played PK (penalty kill), played the kind of checking line so we will see how it goes. I am able to do both ways and obviously you want to help the team score some goals and do good.”
A lot of the talk so far early on in this training camp has revolved around the move to the Western Conference, a conference that Frolik has a lot of experience in.
“For my experience, I think the West is a little tighter,” Frolik said. “Usually the last two years I played there, it was always so tight around the playoffs – you kind of have to play to the end of the last game, you never know who is going to make it.
“Hopefully we are going to adjust pretty quick and have a good start.”
Meanwhile, one Jet hopefully has been hit by the injury bug. Adam Lowry sustained an upper-body injury on Thursday during the scrimmage portion of practice. He left the ice after a big collision in the corner and didn’t return. When the team met after the game was over, Lowry headed straight for the dressing room in some discomfort.
The Jets have back –to-back games starting Saturday with the Kraft Hockeyville tilt with the Washington Capitals. Sunday night they will take on the Ottawa Senators at the MTS Centre at 7 p.m .