Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/25/11 at 12:10 AM ET
from Paul Brownfield of the New York Times,
When Sergei Kostitsyn, last season’s leading scorer for the Nashville Predators, flew from Minsk, Belarus, to New York to renew his Canadian visa, he was not met by his agent or a Predators official or someone from the N.H.L but by Susanna Goruveyn.
No conventional job title — interpreter, personal assistant, fixer — quite conveys what Goruveyn does for a coterie of Russians playing in the N.H.L. To watch Goruveyn do her job is to recognize the typical pampering that pro athletes get, only here made unusual by various lost-in-translation cultural chasms.
Goruveyn speaks as rapidly in English as she does in Russian, which explains why the 24-year-old Kostitsyn, who maintains an off-season home in Belarus, would want her with him at the Canadian Consulate. She was heading next to Montreal to accompany the pregnant wife of the Canadiens rookie defenseman Alexei Emelin to a gynecologist.
On the phone, meanwhile, she has fast cars to price out, new houses to shop for, money to be wired back to the motherland.
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