Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/02/05 at 10:01 AM ET
Alexander Khavanov, then a 28-year-old rookie with the Blues, remembers getting his first NHL paycheque and going straight to a St. Louis bank to turn it into cash. It's hard to know who was more flabbergasted, the teller who was asked to hand over $14,000 to a man who could not provide an address or a phone number or the confused customer with little understanding of what he was being told. "I'd never been to a bank in my life, especially an American bank, so I just took my first paycheque, walked into the bank and said, `Give me money.' It's pretty funny now but I didn't know better what to do," recounts the Leaf defenceman. "People could understand me but I couldn't understand people. They talked so fast." The story is worth retelling because it illustrates Khavanov's ability to change and adapt to his circumstances. Something he is trying to do again in his first month as a Maple Leaf.
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