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by Paul on 05/09/09 at 07:58 PM ET
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
It has been a long road to this place. Fedorov was the first Russian player to defect to the National Hockey League, in Seattle on a national team trip in 1990; 19 years, one Hart Trophy, three Stanley Cups and one disputed marriage to Anna Kournikova later, he has now lived in the United States for almost as long as he lived in the former Soviet Union. To other Russians, Fedorov is a significant figure.
“I think he is a legend, you know?” Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar says.
“People forget,” says Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, “how tough it was to leave.”...
“[Russian players] come to this country and obviously, we took some—I want to put it so people understand it nicely—we took some, let’s say, top positions in every team because of our talent, and coaches want us to perform, and it’s never been easy,” Fedorov says.
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