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09-03-2011, 01:53 PM
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Alexander Khavonov talking about his first game in the NHL and playing with Pronger

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http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Bill-...-More/45/37848

The translation is at the bottom of the page.

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I was paired with Chris Pronger on the ice. I still don’t know whether he was asked by Joel or it was his own initiative, but after the warm-up Chris made my task easier. He just sat down with me in the locker and delegated our respective roles on the ice.

"No matter which defenseman is going off to change, I’m always the one who steps on the ice first, OK?" he said.

"OK," I replied.

"No matter which corner of our zone the puck goes in, you are the running to the corners, and I stay in the crease, OK?" he continued.

"OK," I said.
The original article in Russian, if you can read it.

http://sureek.livejournal.com/44786.html#cutid1

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There's also a link to an article about Fedoruk that is kind of interesting. It even has some praise for the occasionally criticized McCrossin.


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"No matter how you’ve gotten the puck," Pronger said, "first you look forward, then at me, OK?"

"OK."

"If you are under pressure, the puck always goes forward," he continued in simple English sentences, looking in my eyes to make sure that I understand what he said. "And no half-ass, nervous passes. (You must) strongly (send the puck) forward, OK?"

"OK."

He continued, "If you see me going to the bench, find a moment to change too, OK?"

"OK."

"Pay attention on the ice, especially on the faceoffs, and I will prompt you, OK?"

"OK."

"Now don't [wet] your pants, Russian. I’ll be with you," he concluded.

"OK," I answered, not being completely sure if it was it all good or bad.

...

I also remember how Pronger was holding my jersey when I hurried into the scramble in the San Jose crease. I remember him saying to opponent players: “You have to get past me if you want to touch him." I remember the feeling of being a part of the winning team after the game.
Awesome.

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It took some time for me to learn how to place elbows
Pronger physics is a difficult subject after all

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What makes it even more fun is that Khavanov wasn't some young pup. He is two years older than Pronger.

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What makes it even more fun is that Khavanov wasn't some young pup. He is two years older than Pronger.
I was imagining him as some young rookie.

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I wonder if something similar was said to Matt Carle haha

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I can tell pronger wears the pants in that pairing

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What makes it even more fun is that Khavanov wasn't some young pup. He is two years older than Pronger.

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Originally Posted by Chris Pronger
Now don't [wet] your pants, Russian. I’ll be with you.
That was part of my pre-game ritual.

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His substance abuse issues nearly derailed his professional career before it even really got started. It would have been very easy for the Flyers to jettison him when he was an obscure prospect in the farm system, except that Paul Holmgren believed in him.

This is not something that the Flyers' GM readily talks about, but he has assisted Fedoruk and many other players with personal issues who have shown a genuine desire to get help. Holmgren has given them a clean slate and a second chance to earn their way onto the NHL roster. Holmgren himself is a recovering alcoholic who has made the most of a second chance at redemption
That doesn't exactly mesh with the idea that some paint on here of Holmgren and how he overreacts to alcohol use because he's a recovering alcoholic.

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That's hilarious. Pronger is a beast.

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That doesn't exactly mesh with the idea that some paint on here of Holmgren and how he overreacts to alcohol use because he's a recovering alcoholic.
I think there is a key point in that quote. "that have shown a genuine desire to get help"

It's not going to detract the people that believe that Richards and Carter were jettisoned outta here for their habits.

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That doesn't exactly mesh with the idea that some paint on here of Holmgren and how he overreacts to alcohol use because he's a recovering alcoholic.
That entire line of argument is completely idiotic.

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I just love the "now don't wet your pants russian" to a guy thats 2 years older than him lol.

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I just love the "now don't wet your pants russian" to a guy thats 2 years older than him lol.
That's just how bad ass he is.

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