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Evgeni Malkin: The Russian Penguin

I assume by now most of you have seen this awesome hour-long Geno documentary from last year, but since Imzy is shutting down, I'm copying over a handful of things I posted there that seemed worth copy, and this list of highlights is one.

Anyway, this documentary is SO FULL OF GOODIES.
  • He talks to his sticks! If things aren't going well, he says you have to tell the stick to score.
  • He goes on for quite a while about how he doesn't like people manhandling his stick. /cough
  • His house in Pittsburgh is cool. He has a POND. I am definitely working that into a fic somewhere.
  • There was a lot of neat stuff about his pre-game routine, cutting and taping his sticks, that kind of thing. I hadn't seen some of that stuff in that much detail before.
  • His wife Anna calls him 'Tiger,' possibly because of his sign in the Chinese astrological calendar. She told him her sign was a mouse, so he started calling her Jerry.
  • A lot of stuff about how private he is, and how he doesn't go out much and spends most of his off time at home.
  • Shots of the players' parking and the door they use to get in, via keycard
  • Geno talking about how shy and lonely and awkward he felt the first couple of years in Pittsburgh, because of the language barrier
  • Geno talking about how serious concussions are, and how he thinks the real issue is people coming back from them too soon. I am not at all used to seeing the average hockey player talking frankly about this stuff.
  • He used to cry after every game he lost, whether it was an important one or not.
  • He had some stuff to say about how important he feels sports are for unifying a country. Not sure I agree with him, but it's certainly the most philosophical I've ever heard a hockey player get about it.


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kalliel
May. 28th, 2017 01:04 pm (UTC)
"He talks to his sticks! If things aren't going well, he says you have to tell the stick to score." That is so adorable. It reminds me of a scene from the movie Major League, where one of the characters uses another character's golf club... buffs? And says they're "hats for bats. They keep the bats warm." So that the baseball bats can perform at their best in the next game. :P
snickfic
May. 28th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
AWWWW. :D
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