In Red Wings Land
Pavel Datsyuk gave an interview to reporter Igor Erenko recently. Here is the original article in Russian if you want to enjoy Google Translate. The Sportsnet article linked above has the highlights, among them, Datsyuk’s thoughts on the Red Wings playoff streak.
“In most recent seasons, there was constant talk: will Detroit make or miss the playoffs,” he began. “Can Detroit win the Cup did not seem to be of interest to anybody. Everybody talked only about making the playoffs.
“So, it’s very good the Red Wings missed the playoffs. The recharge started. … Now everything will change, there will be no such pressure and they will be to see the ultimate goal. In reality you need to fight for the Cup and not just to make the playoffs.”
Around the NHL
We hear a lot about inclusiveness and acceptance during the time when NHL teams participate in the Hockey is For Everyone campaign, but it’s always more powerful when athletes speak outside of these programs.
Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad has a message for all LGBT athletes:
“Don’t be afraid. You’ll be surprised by how many people are accepting,” he said in an interview with Boca Magazine on Wednesday.