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‘Roughly Translated’: An interview with Libor Sulak and Tweets of note

Red Wings prospect Libor Sulak took part in an interview with the CTK News Agency's Michal Kamaryt, and what follows is a very roughly translated:

Sulak's fairy tale: contract, a preparatory camp and praise from a legend

In mid-April, defenseman Libor Sulak debuted in the Czech REpublic as the first player from the [Austrian] EBEL league, and four months later, he'll appear again on the national team [for the Four Nations Tournament] in a completely different role. The 23-year-old native of Pelhrimov, who played for Znojmo, has participated in the World Championship in Paris and signed a contract with Detroit of the NHL.

In September, Sulak will fight in camp for a premiere in the world's best league. If he doesn't get into the Red Wings, he could return to Europe, where he'd previously agreed to play for the Lahti Pelicans in Finland. That would give him the hope to participate in the Olympics in February in Pyeongchang.

He's been enjoying his fairy tale in recent months. "Two years ago, when I was leaving Chomutov, I would have been laughing [if you told me] I'd sign a contract with the NHL, but it's about when you take the jump, and good luck turns to you," Sulak told reporters.

On the team in Trinec, there are 22 players who are taking part in preseason games with Slovakia as the only participants in a major international tournament. After Detroit's development camp in July, he's preparing for another individual showing with the Red Wings' team, and he welcomes the opportunity to play in two sharp duels.

He's not afraid of injuries: "It can happen even if you're training in summer preparation, it can happen when you admit it, and I at least come there openly," says Sulak, who's skated on the ice gradually in Znojmo, Pelhrimov and Havlickuv Brod.

Fight for the NHL

In Detroit, with whom he signed a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent, he left a good impression at the newcomers' camp. "It was my first experience with an NHL team, because I never saw what it was like, and how it looked like, it was an experience and a challenge for the future for me. To see how the organization works and how to work with young players. I was satisfied," says Sulak.

And one of the legends, Chris Chelios, an assistant of coach Jeff Blashill, [was there]. "Just to see him in the locker room is good, and it will surely make him happy, that everyone in camp was a coach, and he decided to be up there. Now I'm going to fly to the Rookie Tournament and the main camp on September 8th, where it will be decided whether I go to Europe or stay there," said Sulak.

There's a possibility of going to Finland instead of staying in the NHL in the contract, but he will wait for the final decision. "There are two options: If I'm not going to make the first team, I'll go back to [the Lahti Pelicans], or I'll stay there, and fight for a place, and I'll deal with it when they tell me," said Sulak.

If it doesn't work with the Red Wings,  he also has good prospects. "There's a chance that if the coaches want me, I could play at the Olympics," he reminded of another challenge.

To Finland or the farm?

Waiting for a chance in the NHL on the farm team, there are two sides. "If I leave for Europe, I can only get back there when the season ends in Finland, and other other side, the farm would still be a chance to play games," added Sulak, who was able to get acquainted with his new teammates in Lahti. "I was there for last week's dryland training," he said.

In the preseason for the Finnish league, he wasn't going into the unknown. "The coach understood the situation there. We got to know the other boys. There were only a few days, but they had a lot of fun with you. I don't now fluent English because I was never abroad, and I would prefer to stay on the far on the other side [of the Atlantic], but I will see. It won't be until September 8th," said Sulak.

During the summer, he didn't want to worry about how it's all going down. "I wanted to be with my family as much as possible, to enjoy a small time because I will be gone for a long time, it's a year and three months, it's a very active [time], and it's fun, and when I stay there I'll see it for a long tome. If I decide to do so," said Sulak, who, before signing a contract with Detroit, was invited to a development camp with Las Vegas.

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