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01-23-2004, 07:42 PM
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perezhogin interview

Habs' top draft pick Alexander Perezhogin more than game to
learn

By Garry McKay
The Hamilton Spectator

There have been times this
year, Alexander Perezhogin
admits, that he's felt lonely and
homesick.

The Hamilton Bulldogs winger is,
after all, a 20-year-old from
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan,
who speaks practically no
English, trying to make a go of
it, living on his own, in a strange
country, thousands of miles
from home.

He's a friendly guy with an
infectious laugh and is a good
enough hockey player that the Montreal Canadiens
made him their first-round pick, the 25th player taken
overall, in the 2001 NHL entry draft.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder left-shot right winger is playing
his first season of North American pro hockey with the
Bulldogs.

The Spectator recently interviewed Perezhogin through
interpreter Ahmed Mohammed, a re-settlement
assistance program counselor with the Settlement and
Integration Services Organization.

Spec: Can you tell us about your first year in Hamilton
and how hard it is when you can't speak the
language?

Perezhogin: The language barrier is the first challenge
for me, but many hockey players, when they come
here, go through the same thing.

Spec: What do you do with your time if you can't
understand the language?

Perezhogin: I watch TV.

Spec: Even if you don't understand the language?

Perezhogin: It doesn't matter. I still watch it, movies
mostly.

Spec: Don't you get lonely?

Perezhogin: It was very difficult in the beginning for me.
I had a lot of friends back home and lived with my
parents in Omsk and I got along well with my
teammates on my team, Omsk Avangard. I was a
happy person.

I felt lonely here and homesick, and I missed my family
and friends.

Spec: Is it better now?

Perezhogin: Yes. I've made some friends here and I'm
adapting to my new life in Hamilton just like all
European players do.

Spec: What's it like in the dressing room if you can't
speak to the other players?

Perezhogin: People can understand each other even if
you don't understand the language, by action.

Spec: What about when coach Doug Jarvis comes in
before games or practices to talk to the team.

Perezhogin: I'm getting better and I can catch some
things that he is saying. At the start it was more difficult
and I was guessing what he was saying. And basically
all coaches say the same thing in terms of what they
want me to do (laughs).

Spec: My understanding is that if Doug Jarvis wants to
talk to you about something that's important he gets
an interpreter on the phone.

Perezhogin: If it's a serious conversation, in more detail, I
can call my agent and she translates to the coach.
We've only had to do it once but it could happen
again. Sometimes the coaches just call me in and
explain things by using the VCR and showing me
things.

Spec: Was it easier for you when Alexander Svitov was
here?

Perezhogin: In the first month when he was here he
helped me a lot, but now I can do things myself.

Spec: When you first came over, were you pretty
nervous about coming to a new team in a new
country and with a language barrier?

Perezhogin: Before I came here I wasn't nervous but I
got nervous after I got here.

Coming to a different country wasn't the biggest thing
for me. I was more nervous about my own skills as a
player.

Spec: Do you mean whether you were good enough
for this level or adapting to the different game over
here?

Perezhogin: I was worried about being at a different
level from the team. This is a game of speed and
strength and I was thinking about that.

Spec: How have you had to adapt to the game over
here? And how about the ice surface here?

Perezhogin: The ice is very slippery here (laughs). The
ice surface is smaller than at home and it means I have
a very small amount of time to make very serious
decisions. They have to be very fast.

Spec: Can you give us an assessment of your year?

Perezhogin: My level is much better but nevertheless
I'm not satisfied. I know I can do better than this.
Sometimes at the last moment I make the wrong play
and my teammates know it wasn't supposed to be that
way.

In general I think I'm doing good.

Spec: One of the challenges that many first-year pros
face is learning to live on their own and cook for
themselves. How do you manage if you can't read the
labels?

Perezhogin: It wasn't that difficult. I used to live by
myself. I left my family when I was 12 to play hockey
and from 12 until 17 I was by myself living with the guys,
playing hockey all day and cooking together. So I was
independent. Then at 16 my family moved to where I
was.

Here it's not difficult. And language is not a problem
when you're hungry.

the guy seems to have a good head...

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Here it's not difficult. And language is not a problem when you're hungry"

the kid couldnt anymore true
i like this guy more just for that

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I really like what i've seen and heard from him this year and can't wait until he makes the Habs one day

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He's cocky enough to make fun of a stupid question....hehehe

Spec: How have you had to adapt to the game over
here? And how about the ice surface here?

Perezhogin: The ice is very slippery here (laughs).

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He seems to be a very cool guy

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He sounds like a great guy! Thanks for the info, man.

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His light and breezy attitude will help him go far in this league (NHL). He is adjusting great.

It's amazing when you hear people in North America say that kids in Junior at 16 are too young to leave home...look at Alex he was 12!!!!!! WOW.

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That was a nice interview! Thx alot!

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i am sure that with his attitude , he will be a good add to the team...

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I'd be curious to know what the team / what does HE do to learn english. Does he have a teacher for the days off yet? Does he listen to "learn english in 40 lessons" tapes in his walkman? Or did he even start learning it yet? heh.

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I'd be curious to know what the team / what does HE do to learn english. Does he have a teacher for the days off yet? Does he listen to "learn english in 40 lessons" tapes in his walkman? Or did he even start learning it yet? heh.
Good point ; i was asking the same to myself lately , about Kasts; i remember he said at the fraft day that he wanted to stay in Russia one more year and that he wanted to hire an engkish teacher....i fdon't know if the Canadians have a politic about that , but it will be a good thing to take in charge , the english coaching.

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I'd be curious to know what the team / what does HE do to learn english. Does he have a teacher for the days off yet? Does he listen to "learn english in 40 lessons" tapes in his walkman? Or did he even start learning it yet? heh.
Maybe that just living in a english environment is enough to learn most of the spoken language.

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Good point ; i was asking the same to myself lately , about Kasts; i remember he said at the fraft day that he wanted to stay in Russia one more year and that he wanted to hire an engkish teacher....i fdon't know if the Canadians have a politic about that , but it will be a good thing to take in charge , the english coaching.
I remember that. He said he wanted to learn both english and french. I guess french is being put on hold. No need to learn it really, just yet.

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I remember that. He said he wanted to learn both english and french. I guess french is being put on hold. No need to learn it really, just yet.
may be no need but it would be appreciate by the french fans comunauty.How do you think it's great for a little child fan to being able to ask a question to his favorite player and to understand his answer...

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may be no need but it would be appreciate by the french fans comunauty.How do you think it's great for a little child fan to being able to ask a question to his favorite player and to understand his answer...
I think it would be great for him to learn French, but learning English first is most important for him.

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may be no need but it would be appreciate by the french fans comunauty.How do you think it's great for a little child fan to being able to ask a question to his favorite player and to understand his answer...
Yeah but it's by no mean necesary right now. I think we should appreciate that he even said that. Go AK Go. As for Perezhogin he seems like a very good guy.

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may be no need but it would be appreciate by the french fans comunauty.How do you think it's great for a little child fan to being able to ask a question to his favorite player and to understand his answer...
Sure it would be good, but what I meant is that it is by no means necessary, atleast not yet. I mean, look at Vlad Guerrero, he didn't learn either. It would be nice to see Perezhogin take on french too, but right now english would be more beneficial. And lets be realistic here, learning a new language is not an easy thing to do, let alone two.

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Kostsitsyn will be looked up as a great person and a player if he learns both langages...Gainey learned french and the french pple were happy.

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Sure it would be good, but what I meant is that it is by no means necessary, atleast not yet. I mean, look at Vlad Guerrero, he didn't learn either. It would be nice to see Perezhogin take on french too, but right now english would be more beneficial. And lets be realistic here, learning a new language is not an easy thing to do, let alone two.
yes sure , i agree with you ; i was just talking about if he takes the time one day...

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