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Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk makes the Russian media rounds ahead of the Olympics

The Russian press has been very busy lately in terms of engaging in pre-holiday interviews with potential Olympian NHL'ers, with Sport-Express's Slava Malamud spending a couple of days in Detroit recently--and Sport-Express just posted the 2-part result of Malamud's efforts which could use some serious Russian-native-speaker's aid...

According to Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov also spoke at length with Datsyuk. The Magic Man addressed the "24/7" phenomenon with tongue planted firmly in cheek...

But you also have to participate in the filming of HBO’s 24/7.

“I am very doubtful that a person with a camera will follow me around for 24 hours. But of course HBO will take a peek into the Detroit locker room. I watched some episodes when other guys were filmed… It is always interesting how other teams live.”

Ilya Bryzgalov was the main star [last series]. Who will be Detroit’s showman?

“Everyone on our team can realize himself on TV. The team is very open, friendly… I bet Dan Cleary will show himself better than others.”

Datsyuk also talked about the recent filming of Russian cell phone commercials in Metro Detroit, as Datsyuk's about to launch a partnership with a large cell phone company to help beenfit his hockey school...

Last summer you signed an endorsement deal with Megafon. What are your plans?

“I became the face of the company this Olympic season. I am sure that our collaboration will bring results. I like how Megafon supports a lot of different sports in Russia, develops a lot of projects for children. For example, I together with Ilya Bryzgalov have been hosting a goaltender school the last few years. I hope that it gets worked out and we will combine this school with the training camp I host in Ekaterinburg. I don’t know how we will organize it all, but our school is sometimes short on goaltenders.”

Your summer school is six years old. During this time has any boy grown up to be an interesting player?

“The summer camp helps them a lot. But you can’t teach everything in a few days. The main lesson is to enjoy what you do.”

And Lysenkov's interview goes much further, and includes the following:

What book are you reading now?

“A friend of mine visited and brought three books. Treasures of the Valkyries by Sergei Alekseyev about Ivan the Terrible, The Great Outcast about Alexander the Great. And also Mikhail Zadornov’s Knyaz Rurik. Reading about history is very interesting.”

What historical figure would you like to have dinner with?

“It would be great to talk to Jesus and Sigmund Freud.”

Understood about Jesus Christ. But why Freud?

“A smart, deep person. It would be interesting to talk to him about psychology.”

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