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by George Malik on 02/18/14 at 04:46 AM ET
I'm about to find out whether Red Wings forward and Team Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk's willing to speak with the media today, but I can't do so without posting this fantastic story from the AP's Larry Lage--a Southeastern Michigan-based correspondent--who found proiling Datsyuk a wee bit difficult on Monday as Datsyuk didn't feel like engaging in any sort of chit-chat.
Lage still wrote a wonderful profile of the quiet Magic Man:
As Datsyuk's name was announced during pregame introductions before the Russians played Slovenia in their Sochi Games opener, the roar the Detroit Red Wings star received from the crowd rivaled the welcome for Ovechkin. Why?
"Everybody knows him," Russia coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov explained after Monday's practice. "Everybody likes him."
Lage noted that Datsyuk made a telling remark about his approach to the game after his two-goal-and-shootout-goal performance against the Americans this past Saturday, addressing his health as well as his team's health...
"I'm OK," Datsyuk said after Saturday's setback to the Americans. "We OK. We, not me."
Datsyuk caught himself talking about himself, not the team, in the postgame interview. Correcting himself is yet another sign of why he's leading his team."He is a good guy, not just good guy on ice," Pittsburgh Penguins star and Russian teammate Evgeni Malkin said. "He's always cares about young guys — helps lot — and is always smiling. He is good person."
And you and I are quite familiar with this Datsyukian deke, too:
And earlier in the tournament, which Datsyuk said he has been waiting "all of my life," he was asked whether his injury will limit his performance:
"I can do everything," Datsyuk said. "The one thing I can't do is talk to the media too much. It takes lots of my energy."
I strongly suggest that you read the rest of Lage's story. It's more than worth your time.
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