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08-27-2012, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by GermanJetsFan View Post
That's a little bit strange. When the Thrashers drafted Alex, everybody talked about the relation between Datsyuk and Burmistrov. Dats being his idole as a player and role model off and on the ice. He said that it will be a dream come true when he'll play against him.

But nobody ever said anything about that. Why shouldn't they?

I'm not calling BS on it but it wouldn't surprise me if that wasn't exactly the way everything happend.
I watched a good documentary on hockey in Russia a few years ago, and I remember Kazan specifically was a place where the investment in hockey was well behind what it is today (no indoor rinks at the time). This story may not be factual, but it would not surprise me if it was. The rise in hockey in Russia has a lot to do with the efforts current and former NHL players are making in the country.

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