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How to play hockey in Russia

Postby Igor » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:49 pm

Hello! Have just meet a column by ex-NHL guy Ryan Whitney who then played in KHL club "Sochi" in the same-name city. I was good laughing reading about the country in words of a foreign guy who had the experience. Exaggerated of course but was interesting. I don't know exactly the "inner kitchen" of KHL clubs, though many things looks real. Hope you will enjoy this like me :)
The link (in English): ... ussia-khl/
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Re: How to play hockey in Russia

Postby KGB » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:17 pm

Thanks for the link. That was a good article.

Ryan Whitney is a well known player here to anyone who follows hockey. I didn't realize he had gone to play in the KHL after his NHL career was over.

I doubt it was exaggerated. Russia is a big culture shock to North Americans. The Russian players who come here have the same thing happen to them. It's why a lot of really good Russian players struggle and go back home. It's not their hockey but the fact they are 'fish out of water'.

Here's another similar experience by an NHL player ... diary.html ... diary.html

On the plus side he said Russian women are very beautiful. So you've got that going for you.

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