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02-29-2004, 01:22 AM
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Naslund on "After Hours" re:Stojanov

I dont see much of Naslund and his interviews, but wow, is this guy ever proving to me he is one class act, a very honest and good guy.

First, he literally came out and said he tries hard to not be the kind of captain that just give quotes to the press like "we gotta take it one day at a time"....."gotta give 100%"....bla bla bla. the usual non-speak thats a waste of tv time.

(no offence to Sundin, I think he's great, but thats his usual m.o.)

but best of all, a question was asked to him which belittled Alex Stojanov as being only a guy looking to catch on with a Windsor fire department. Naslund took the opportunity to say, with levels of class and dignity rarely seen in sports today, that the trade has unfairly dogged Stojanov and people should not forget how easily it could have gone the other way. He mentioned that Stojanov had been in an accident which greatly hampered his growth. And he said its not right that people should embarrass the guy and that he felt bad.

He has just become one of my favourite players. Congrats 'nucks fans, you have a great ideal captain.

And I love how 90% of the time it is hockey players that do these kinds of things which show maturity and class. Some may be jerks, and they may be grossly overpaid as a whole, but guys like Naslund make me proud to be a hockey fan.

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Yeah I saw that too and I was thinking the same thing. Naslund has always been one of my favourite players.

He should have gone more in depth on how to shoot a killer wrister. I need it.

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class act all the way

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Yeah, the look on his face when the "Who am I?" question came up...he really didn't want to answer it.

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I dont see much of Naslund and his interviews, but wow, is this guy ever proving to me he is one class act, a very honest and good guy.

First, he literally came out and said he tries hard to not be the kind of captain that just give quotes to the press like "we gotta take it one day at a time"....."gotta give 100%"....bla bla bla. the usual non-speak thats a waste of tv time.

(no offence to Sundin, I think he's great, but thats his usual m.o.)

but best of all, a question was asked to him which belittled Alex Stojanov as being only a guy looking to catch on with a Windsor fire department. Naslund took the opportunity to say, with levels of class and dignity rarely seen in sports today, that the trade has unfairly dogged Stojanov and people should not forget how easily it could have gone the other way. He mentioned that Stojanov had been in an accident which greatly hampered his growth. And he said its not right that people should embarrass the guy and that he felt bad.

He has just become one of my favourite players. Congrats 'nucks fans, you have a great ideal captain.

And I love how 90% of the time it is hockey players that do these kinds of things which show maturity and class. Some may be jerks, and they may be grossly overpaid as a whole, but guys like Naslund make me proud to be a hockey fan.

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Stand-up fellow. He'll go toe-to-toe with the media on stuff like that and let them know just what he thinks. It's the closest I've seen him to being ticked off outside of a game.

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naslund's awesome, on and off the ice. imo, him and forsberg are 1a and 1b for the best player in the world title.

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Yeah I think athletes from other leagues (...i'm looking at you NBA...) should all watch that Naslund interview and take notes. He is a true class act in an age when many athletes possess a "me-first" attitude.

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Yeah, the look on his face when the "Who am I?" question came up...he really didn't want to answer it.
Explain? I missed it.

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Explain? I missed it.
Oake asked a "Who Am I?" trivia question. The answer was Stojanov. The look on Naslund's face, you could tell he knew what was coming and he didn't like it.

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Explain? I missed it.
Well, Scott Oake started out saying "Who am I? I'm an ex-NHLer who is now in Windsor, Ontario training to become a firefighter..." and Naslund's smile totally disappears and he's like "Yeah...I don't want to answer...it was that guy, Stojanov" and Oake goes on about how it's a very lopsided trade and Naslund came to the guy's defence. Kinda hard to explain.

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Well, Scott Oake started out saying "Who am I? I'm an ex-NHLer who is now in Windsor, Ontario training to become a firefighter..." and Naslund's smile totally disappears and he's like "Yeah...I don't want to answer...it was that guy, Stojanov" and Oake goes on about how it's a very lopsided trade and Naslund came to the guy's defence. Kinda hard to explain.
Thanks. I can imagine.

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Naslund and Linden

Those guys are just A's through and through, nice to see there are still some proper role models left.

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He has always been a classy guy. I am not that convinced he is the ideal captain though.

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It's really sad that Stojanov has to be brought up so often. The Pittsburgh press has already beaten it into the ground, but it seems like the Canadian/Vancouver press doesn't let it die.

There were a lot of factors in that trade.

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The best part was when Nazzy said he remembers after playing 8 games for vancouver there was an article in the vancouver newspaper saying 'Naslund: 0 goals, 8 games. Stojanov: 8 games, 1 goal' basically calling the trade bad.

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The best part was when Nazzy said he remembers after playing 8 games for vancouver there was an article in the vancouver newspaper saying 'Naslund: 0 goals, 8 games. Stojanov: 8 games, 1 goal' basically calling the trade bad.
I remember that too, there was all kinds of stuff written about the trade, people didn't like losing a tough future power forward for a soft European. I can honestly say I loved the trade at the time as I have always loved the skilled players, but there were a lot of people unhappy with it. Then of course Naslund scored a hattrick in the last game of the season and most people shut up...

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[QUOTE=Jacobv2]It's really sad that Stojanov has to be brought up so often. The Pittsburgh press has already beaten it into the ground, but it seems like the Canadian/Vancouver press doesn't let it die.

There were a lot of factors in that trade.[/QUOTE

It's actually only brought up very rarely in Vancouver now, only when the Pens come to town or something. CBC just tried to be funny with their after hours show. The place I see it brought up the most is around here...

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He has always been a classy guy. I am not that convinced he is the ideal captain though.
He has to be doing something right... the Canucks have made the playoffs every year since he became captain.

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[QUOTE=Reign Nateo]
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It's really sad that Stojanov has to be brought up so often. The Pittsburgh press has already beaten it into the ground, but it seems like the Canadian/Vancouver press doesn't let it die.

There were a lot of factors in that trade.[/QUOTE

It's actually only brought up very rarely in Vancouver now, only when the Pens come to town or something. CBC just tried to be funny with their after hours show. The place I see it brought up the most is around here...
After Naslund's reprimand of the media, I'm not sure they will anymore.

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Good for Naslund! And yeah, the CFL, NBA, MLB and NFL should all watch some of these interviews.

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He has to be doing something right... the Canucks have made the playoffs every year since he became captain.
I would have expected them to, no matter who was captain. And he hasn't really lead them anywhere in the playoffs.

There are some encouraging signs though. He has seemed more like an on-ice leader this year and has provided more offense when his team has needed him to, compared to previous years.

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