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One more Russian-language interview from Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk’s summer hockey school

Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd wrapped up on Saturday, but AllHockey.ru posted a quintet of post-school articles today. Both Allhockey and Datsyuk partnered with the Russian cell phone comapny Megafon--and Ilya Bryzgalov--to hold a centralized skater and goaltender-blended school.

Allhockey's Alexander Shapiro first discusses the school as a whole, reporting that the KHL's TV network plans on releasing a 7-part series of 7-minute vignettes this fall, and Shapiro states that CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov visited the school during its second day;

Shapiro then interviewed San Jose Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft, who followed Todd McLellan to San Jose after the Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup win, and Woodcroft both praises Datsyuk and explains that he's pals with Fedorov;

Shapiro also explained the partnership between Datsyuk, Bryzgalov and Megafon, which helped subsidize the cost for the 85 total participants of the run-in-parallel skaters and goaltenders' drills;

Anna Gareeva spoke with participants and their parents;

Finally, Shapiro interviewed Datsyuk. What follows is roughly translated, and it touches upon many of the topics previous interviews discussed:

At Datsyuk's school--Datsyuk: working with children is interesting, but I won't coach kids [as a post-hockey job]

In Zelenograd the summer school of Pavel Datsyuk concluded. For five days, over 70 children, aged from 13 to 15, and assembled from various regions of Russia, worked under the guidance of North American coaches with NHL experience. In addition, the boys worked with Pavel Datsyuk. After the school concluded, Allhockey.ru's correspondent spoke with the two-time Stanley Cup winner, Detroit forward and Russian team player:

When playing hockey, you need to have fun.

Question: First, you've gathered the children in Moscow and held the summer camp in one of the capital's districts. What are your impressions?

Datsyuk: "First, I'd like to thank the company Megafon for its assistance in the project. For five days, with my pals, we conducted a four-session practice, and I'm sure that our classes will remain with the pupils for a long time."

Question: Did Megafon pay all the fees for the children?

Datsyuk: "Yes, all the kids got the opportunity to come here and train only because of Megafon, which fully-sponsored the project, provided free travel, accommodations and meals for the participants of the master classes."

Question: In your opinion, were the kids happy with the time they spent at your school?

Datsyuk: "In general, yes, although at first the children presented sad, harsh faces. They kind of looked nervous, tight. Only during the middle of the school did they come to life. And this applies not only to this camp, but before, when we held the school near Yekaterinburg. Hockey is one of the best games in the world, and to play hockey, you need to have fun."

My idol was the Soviet hockey school


Question: The children practiced under your leadership and that of Ilya Bryzgalov. For many of them, you're their idol. Who was your idol as a child?


Datsyuk: "I grew up watching the enchanting game of the USSR team. As such, I didn't have one idol. I would say that my idol was the whole team--the Soviet hockey school, the whole galaxy of players. The first generation, watching Mikhailov, Petrov, Kharlamov, and then the game of the Russian Five in the NHL, Fetisov, Larionov...I tried to learn something from everyone."

Question: You've always had a summer camp near Yekaterinburg. Will you hold one this year?

Datsyuk: "Yes, we're going to hold a week-long school in Kurganovo [near Yekaterinburg]."

Question: How important do you think it is to hold these hockey summer camps for children's skill development without charging them?

Datsyuk: "Hockey needs to develop, the children needs to be educated on new trends, the camp is a necessary thing. I thank Megafon so much for the fact that the company supported this project. Without such [financial support] we couldn't hold this school."

Question: In addition to practicing with the children, do you hold lectures?

Datsyuk: "Yes, our coaching staff has specialists who deal with childhood development theory, but I'm more useful on the ice. We've also engaged the kids in groups, both on the ice and in classes at the rink."

Question: At the end of your career, would you like to become a children's coach?

Datsyuk: "No, it's not in my plans. It's too difficult a job. On one hand, I like to work with children, but on the other, it takes away a lot of energy."

Question: They say that the reason Russian professional hockey has stopped developing is the use of foreign legionnaires.

Datsyuk: "In my opinion, the legionnaires provide competition--without that it's impossible to raise the level of hockey."

Question: I've heard that you love soccer and watch it on TV.

Datsyuk: "I watched the World Cup recently. In general, the level of soccer was very high, except for a few games. And the World Cup was a sweepstakes where I lost to my friends."

Question: "A lot [of money]?"

Datsyuk: "So-so. We picked names out of a hat and I picked Brazil...But i won four years ago. They say it's beginner's luck. So I won the first time and I was lucky."

Question: What can you say about the play of the Russian team? They didn't make the playoffs, even though they were in the weakest of the groups.

Datsyuk: "It's hard to judge by one game, and I only saw the game against Belgium. It's a pity that our guys lost so badly."

I hope that by the start of the season I'll be fully ready for combat

Question: You missed most of the last half of last season due to an injury. Does your knee still bother you?

Datsyuk: "Thus far I'm still in rehabilitation. I'm engaging in a specially-developed program. I hope that by the start of the season I'll be fully ready for combat. I'll be 100% ready."

Question: Regarding conducting the practices at your school, you were on the ice for 6 hours a day. Might that help you to recover early?

Datsyuk: "On one hand, you need to get on the ice to begin to prepare; on the other, you shouldn't until you can perform every exercise. But I'm still confident that the rehabilitation should help me fully recover quickly and get into shape."

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Lexa1523's avatar

Just a few words about Russian journalists:

Shapiro then interviewed San Jose Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft

But it in his article Shapiro calls him “Woodford”. I told him to edit this mistake, but nothing happened…

and it touches upon many of the topics previous interviews discussed

All ask the same qustions and then post the same interviews. Again and again. And nobody wrote about school itself. The main reason journalists went to PD13 Hockey School was to watch the practice, to see how it’s differ from ones we have in Russian junior teams. But nobody interested.

My article will be aired soon. Hope it won’t be ‘another one interview with the qustions discussed earlier” ))))))))

Posted by Lexa1523 on 07/22/14 at 06:03 AM ET

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