Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/15/11 at 01:11 PM ET
from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,
The NHL Awards aren’t until June, but Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has already won a significant one in hockey. It was announced today that Pavel Datsyuk is the winner of this year’s Kharlamov Trophy — awarded to the best Russian NHL player, as chosen by his peers.
It was the closest vote in quite some time. Fedor Tyutin( of the Columbus Blue Jackets was the last one to cast his vote to ensure that Datsyuk would unseat Alex Ovechkin, who won his fifth Kharlamov Trophy in a row last year.
“The level of play Pavel shows is consistently unbelievably high,” Tyutin said. “When you watch what he does on the ice you get a feeling that there is nothing that Pavel can’t do.”
Alexei Kovalev, who also voted for Datsyuk, said that “he is the most important player for Detroit. When Datsyuk comes back from injuries, the team looks very different.”
continued with a few words from Datsyuk too…
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