Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov with another great interview with a Russian NHL star. Pasha Datsyuk has gone up quite a lot in my estimation. As a person, I mean, not as the sick hockey player he insists on being.
First of all, the guy has a great sense of humor, if this interview is any indication.
Q- Do you have any interests other than hockey?
A- If you are talking about sports, then it's original 12-foot Russian billiard and tennis. But in general I enjoy reading books.
Q- What's your favorite book?
A- It's Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita." It's probably going to be hard for North American fans to understand because it's a Russian classic now.
Pavel Datsyuk and I share a favorite novel! He's clearly a man of taste. But he's wrong about one thing: it shouldn't be hard at all for North Americans to understand it. Many already have. All you need to know: the Devil pays a visit to 1930s (Stalin-era) Moscow in the guise of a refined gentleman, there's a big talking black cat, there's a story-within-the-story about Pontius Pilate's regrets in his old age, a love story about a censored novelist and his mistress, and a beautiful woman spends quite a lot of the narrative walking around town totally nude.
Great book. And recently Russian TV made a magnificent film of it, starring the smokin' hot Anna Kovalchuk (no relation, apparently).
In other news, did you see this?