Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/31/08 at 01:59 AM ET
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
Out on the ice, it was hockey skills and smiles. Nikita Filitov tore it up yesterday, racking up a hat trick and generating a scoring chance on practically every shift in Russia’s 8-1 steam-rolling of Slovakia at the Civic Centre.
After the game it was surprising English skills but no smiles. Not when talk with Filatov turned to the death of his “best friend in hockey,” Alexei Cherepanov….
“He is all the time in my mind,” Filatov says.
Understandable. This is Filatov’s first international tournament since Cherepanov’s death. Filatov won’t come out and say it but it’s apparent to anyone familiar with this Russian team: Cherepanov would have been expected to lead this team, but it now falls to him. Cherepanov would have worn the captain’s K, but that’s now sewn over Filatov’s heart.
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