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A Canadian In Russia

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post via Faceoff.com,

Brathwaite was not ready to be a cheerleader. So when Omsk called and offered him a half-million dollars—or twice what he was making with the Wolves—he jumped at the opportunity. Sort of.

“It was a very tough decision for me, but I still wanted to play at the highest level I could,” Brathwaite said.

The Avangard fan club was waiting at the airport when he arrived.

“I don’t know if there is nothing else to do there,” Brathwaite said, “but they are definitely European-type hockey fans.”

They would sing fight songs, bang drums and turn the stands into a carnival during home games. But it was away from the rink where Brathwaite suffered his most shattering culture shocks.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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