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Welcome To Datsyuk’s Camp

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Welcome to the home city of Pavel Datsyuk and, more specifically, the Kurganovo Complex, which sits about 20 minutes outside of town down an unassuming side road lined by open land and small clusters of shanties with makeshift sheet metal fences. 

The area itself reminds you of cottage country, with its rough roads, lakes, pines and secluded lifestyle, but it’s a whole other world out here, a whole other continent on the eastern slope of the Ural mountain range. On the drive out from town to the complex, you pass a large marker that represents the end of Europe and the beginning of Asia.

As one of the stewards on the plane we took from Frankfurt to Ekaterinburg said when we told him why we were going to this destination: “That’s a strange place to go for a hockey camp.”

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Shut up. [obligatory]

Good article. I’m looking forward to seeing the follow ups on this.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/18/11 at 10:38 AM ET

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Also looking forward to these articles. Datsuk should be an inspiration to more NHL players…

Posted by Meg on 07/18/11 at 12:18 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Datsuk should be an inspiration to all humans…

Fixed that for ya.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 07/18/11 at 12:26 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Datsuk is an inspiration to all humans…
Fixed that for ya.
Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 07/18/11 at 11:26 AM ET

One more repair was needed.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/18/11 at 12:30 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

And it was all made possible by Datsyuk. Ask anyone here about him and you’ll quickly get an idea of his selfless, down-to-earth nature. He doesn’t seek to be treated like an NHL superstar - on the contrary, he just wants to be one of the guys.

I have to say, I got choked up a bit as I read that. It’s a true honor to have this guy on the Wings, not just because of the incredible player he is but because of the outstanding individual he is.

Oh, and that bit about asking some kid to take a picture with him so he could send it to some young player he knew. That’s pretty special – for the kid and the player.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/18/11 at 12:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Datsyuk is quickly becoming my favorite Red Wing of all time. I hope he becomes the next Captain when TPH decides to hang them up.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/18/11 at 01:09 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

We really have been lucky , as Wings Fan’s , to have had players like Pavel,Henrik,Nick, Steve,Draper, Ozzie…etc. play for so long in Detroit. As great as they these players all are/were, they always were very classy.

Pavel, could/should be as big a “star” as some of the other players the league promote.

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/18/11 at 01:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

An absolutely superb human being who is truly thankful for everything that he has.

An extension for Pasha, Tick Tock.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/18/11 at 09:36 PM ET

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