Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/07/09 at 04:45 PM ET
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Datsyuk always was a skinny kid. That’s part of the reason why he wasn’t picked at all in his draft year and it wasn’t until the second year that the Wings finally took a chance on his brilliant skills, reasoning he could get stronger and might someday be ready to play in the NHL.
“It’s funny,” he told me earlier this season. “My first sport wasn’t soccer or hockey. It was chess.”
Valery, Pavel’s dad, drove a van for a company near their home in Sverdlovsk, Russia. He’s the one who introduced his son to chess. Pavel’s mom, Galina, worked as a cook for a military base. She’s the one who would take him to the skating rink.
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