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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bits and Pieces

This was supposed to be a party

Ilya Kovalchuk in uniform for Khimik vs. Metallurg Magnitogorsk

These are some bits of information that I picked up from the Russian web sites-- nothing too serious:

Having played 3 games so far in the Russian Super League regular season, Ilya Kovalchuk claims "he is ready only at 50% of his best form". According to the game recap I was reading for yesterday's game, when Kovalchuk took the ice in the middle of the second period, "the early-'90s smash hit by The Combination, 'American Fight', was played in the arena" (a musical reference to his contract hold-out with Atlanta). Must be a Russian thing, because I can't find anything about that song anywhere-- unless they were one of the bands on Brian Sinclair's Serendipity label, which would mean that no one anywhere has ever heard of them.

Kovalchuk isn't the only out-of-shape European player, it seems. There's a mention in today of Jaromir Jagr just recently flying out of Prague to join the New York Rangers' training camp, and Jagr is quoted as saying that he has not been able to train normally for the upcoming NHL season because of his finger that was cracked in two places during the World Championships in Austria back in May. The article suggests that Jagr has put on some weight.

On the web site of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the Russian team that former Hartford Wolf Pack goalie Steve Valiquette plays for, there's a poll for fans to vote for their favorite Lokomotiv player. If any Wolf Pack fans want to cast some votes for Steve, click here to be taken to the ballot, where you'll see something that looks like "No. 40 BANHKETT CTHB" at the top (that's "Steve Valikett" in Russian). So far Valiquette is 3rd in the voting, behind Karel Rachunek and Vladimir Antipov.


Anonymous pricklypear said...

Crap. I can only vote once for Steve.

9/14/05, 11:41 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

Actually, go back in another day or two (after the "cookie" is erased, probably), and you'll be able to vote again.

9/14/05, 11:47 AM

Anonymous pack attack said...

The only weight that Jagr has gained is the heft of his considerably sized ego.

Now I'll go vote for Viking boy.

9/14/05, 5:01 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

I don't know, PA-- the Russian report that I read said that Jagr had put on extra weight, but yesterday's training camp report in Blueshirt Bulletin says that "Jagr showed no ill effects of his finger injury, shooting the puck well."

I guess if you've been doing nothing but nibble crackers in Siberia for 6 months, any normal-sized hockey player is going to look fat to you.

9/14/05, 7:27 PM

Anonymous pricklypear said...

Maybe he just needs a haircut.

9/15/05, 4:12 PM


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