by Patrick Hoffman on 02/26/10 at 06:08 PM ET
From good friend of the blog JP and Japers’ Rink:
“Every Canadian dreams of playing like Ovechkin” - Bobby Clarke
“He plays like a Canadian!” - Don Cherry
“Ovechkin does not play like a Russian. He plays like an NHL player.” - Vladislav Tretiak
Three quotes from three men who have each logged more than forty years in the game of hockey, all saying the same thing: Alex Ovechkin doesn’t play the game like any Russian they’ve ever seen. And while Clarke’s and Cherry’s quips were clearly intended to convey a level of admiration and respect, Tretiak’s observation came across as anything but complimentary; Tretiak’s comment was a warning..
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