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Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby penny lane on Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:58 pm

Evgeni didn't have to be encouraged. He had always been captivated by hockey. When he was a toddler, Natalia once visited his bed and saw him sleeping in a goalie mask. At 11, he broke his leg during the summer and was on crutches. Vladimir assumed that meant Evgeni would not play in the first hockey tournaments of the fall, and he was shocked when a friend asked him why he wasn't at the game that day to see Evgeni play.
"The coach tried to stop Evgeni," Vladimir says, "but it was impossible."

The game brought joy to Evgeni, but it did not solve everything. His parents still would not let him get a dog.
"He asked very often," Natalia says, "even wrote a school essay that said "My mother does not allow me to get a dog.' "


J. Brady McCollough gives the readers a glimpse at Evgeni's city, history, and his parents beyond the couple at the Consol.
I still can't fathom Evgeni's leaving in 2006 and how that was for him and family.
Buy a paper copy!


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/2014 ... z2sqRCt8lq
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby skullman80 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:55 pm

Very cool article. I remember the boards here the day he made that escape. Was quite a fun and interesting time to be a fan.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Bioshock on Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:21 pm

This is why i love Geno.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby guiner on Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:48 pm

skullman80 wrote:Very cool article. I remember the boards here the day he made that escape. Was quite a fun and interesting time to be a fan.


IDK, some might say it was pure sports terrorism.
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Postby slappybrown on Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:44 pm

"Pinko propaganda" -- Shad, probably
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby columbia on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:03 pm

I take him at his word, that he's not a Communist.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Lt. Dish on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:20 pm

I enjoy McCullough's articles, and I thank him for this one on an increasingly beloved character, our Geno!

Think of the pressure Geno has on his shoulders right now.
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Postby Factorial on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:22 pm

columbia wrote:I take him at his word, that he's not a Communist.


He's a mole.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby dodint on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:31 pm

Lt. Dish wrote:Think of the pressure Geno has on his shoulders right now.


Well, he does have to carry Ovechkins workload for a while... ;)
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Lt. Dish on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:32 pm

dodint wrote:
Lt. Dish wrote:Think of the pressure Geno has on his shoulders right now.


Well, he does have to carry Ovechkins workload for a while... ;)


Hah! :fist:
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Daniel87 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:06 pm

Blame it all on my roots.
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Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:42 pm

I showed up in boots.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Ad@m on Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:21 am

And ruined your black tie affair
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Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:40 am

The last one to c-c-c-c-combo breaker
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:39 pm

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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby bh on Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:13 pm

What an awesome story. Geno had some pretty humble roots there.
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Postby suzinpgh on Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:55 pm

So happy that Geno's story has a rewarding ending, and that he is able to provide for his parents and make a life for himself in the USA. However, if things didn't work out, I think that he would have been the funniest guy working down at the steel plant in Magnitogorsk.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby SubtropicalPenguin on Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:32 pm

Nice article. Thanks for posting.
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Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:16 pm

SINCE WHEN HAS GENO BEEN A PLANT
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby Idoit40fans on Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:44 pm

Every time i see the thread title, i think its about his hair.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby GSdrums87 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:52 pm

Idoit40fans wrote:Every time i see the thread title, i think its about his hair.

Fabulous roots, and no dandruff! What's his secret?
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby ShaPe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:10 am

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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby GSdrums87 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:50 am

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Postby Avyran on Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:22 pm

This is the most impressive part of the story for me. Geno's generosity.
But how does he show his appreciation? Ivan Semochkin, his former youth teammate, can tell you more than most. In November, Semochkin's wife, Larisa, was diagnosed with blood cancer. She went to Germany for tests, and to have the treatments she needed would cost 150,000 euros (about $205,000). Ivan went to work in Magnitogorsk, putting out feelers all over town. The team and the factory were willing to help, but time was running out, and the Semochkins still needed $1 million rubles (about $30,000).

Semochkin had heard that Evgeni was very generous with people back home. He had not spoken to Evgeni in nearly a decade, but he did not know where else to turn. He got Evgeni's cell phone number and texted him the story. With two days remaining before Larisa would have to return to Russia without having the surgery she needed, putting her life in danger, Ivan got a text message from Evgeni.

"Check bank account," it said. The money was all there.
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Re: Evgeni's roots- fabulous !

Postby dodint on Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:34 pm

This is the moment I really started to like Geno beyond his talent:



Any grown man willing to beat down a seven year old is aces is my book.
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