Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pavel Datsyuk is a Cultivated Man, and Miikka Kiprusoff is a Gov

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?


Anonymous said...

Best player in the NHL hands down. Without pavs the red wings arn't the red wings.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Yeah, he's definitely up there. So amazing to watch. If I were forced at knifepoint to name the best players in the NHL: a tie between Datsyuk, Thornton, Iginla, Ovechkin, and Malkin. With folks like Kovalchuk, Hossa, Zetterberg, Crosby, and maybe Kane and Toews holding up the second-place tie.

Anonymous said...

How many goals would the czar score on a little-datsyuk-kovy line? I think I would wet my pants.