(Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

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(Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby Tomas on Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:48 am

This is probably my last interview I will ever translate for LGP (less time, life priorities changing, Google Translate improving thanks to their use of neural networks...). But I wanted to do this one because it's really good and because Google Translate still would not give it justice.

Radim Vrbata (who replaced Jagr on the current Florida Panthers roster) and his media partners founded a site/project "No Cliches". It's basically the Czech version of "Players Tribune" - but better. The articles go deeper (as a smart joke, their titles are often real sport cliches), and, unlike the US version, the contributors are often athletes who haven't exactly made it to the top (I would not dare to call them "losers" - Michal Jordan still mades millions in KHL, Jakub Kindl is engaged to a Miss Universe finals participant :) ), which makes their stories more interesting IMO.

David Koci talks about how he became a NHL enforcer, and that it was a career that he did NOT want to originally have. It has some interesting Pittsburgh mentions as well.

I have been sitting on the translated part of the interview for several months now - so here I hope that posting the partial interview will make me go back and complete it, hopefully soon.

The interview is here: http://www.letsgopens.com/tomas_translations.php?id=73 (it contains the link to the Czech original just in case you want to Google-translate the rest for you)

I will not translate any other contributions, but here are some I found interesting:
The Other One (Zbynek Michalek): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/ten-druhy/
The 7th D-Man (Jakub Kindl): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/sedmej-bek/
Up and Down (Michal Jordan): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/nahoru-a-dolu/

(there are many other hockey players involved - just check the website)
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby FLPensFan on Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:54 am

Tomas wrote:This is probably my last interview I will ever translate for LGP (less time, life priorities changing, Google Translate improving thanks to their use of neural networks...). But I wanted to do this one because it's really good and because Google Translate still would not give it justice.

Radim Vrbata (who replaced Jagr on the current Florida Panthers roster) and his media partners founded a site/project "No Cliches". It's basically the Czech version of "Players Tribune" - but better. The articles go deeper (as a smart joke, their titles are often real sport cliches), and, unlike the US version, the contributors are often athletes who haven't exactly made it to the top (I would not dare to call them "losers" - Michal Jordan still mades millions in KHL, Jakub Kindl is engaged to a Miss Universe finals participant :) ), which makes their stories more interesting IMO.

David Koci talks about how he became a NHL enforcer, and that it was a career that he did NOT want to originally have. It has some interesting Pittsburgh mentions as well.

I have been sitting on the translated part of the interview for several months now - so here I hope that posting the partial interview will make me go back and complete it, hopefully soon.

The interview is here: http://www.letsgopens.com/tomas_translations.php?id=73 (it contains the link to the Czech original just in case you want to Google-translate the rest for you)

I will not translate any other contributions, but here are some I found interesting:
The Other One (Zbynek Michalek): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/ten-druhy/
The 7th D-Man (Jakub Kindl): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/sedmej-bek/
Up and Down (Michal Jordan): https://www.bezfrazi.cz/nahoru-a-dolu/

(there are many other hockey players involved - just check the website)

Thanks for this and your many translations over the years. Don't be a stranger! :D
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby BurghThing on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:25 pm

I will say I admire anyone who can translate between 2 languages. I can barely speak 1. So thank you for your contributions!!
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby Great58 on Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:13 pm

Thank you for your efforts. I also went back and read some Jagr, including his reaction to the Jagr-watch situation. Very educational.
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby IntangibleBeer on Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:42 pm

Thank you, Tomas. Fascinating. :thumb:
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby Liverlips on Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:01 am

Thanks Tomas! Have always enjoyed your contributions. Thank you for taking the time and effort to translate/transcribe for us folks. Greatly appreciated. Will miss these immensely!
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby Penspal on Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:20 am

Děkuji Tomas!
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Re: (Ex-Penguin) David Koci: Fight for Your Dreams

Postby Sigwolf on Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:44 pm

As others have pointed out, Tomas, thank you for all you have contributed to this site over the years. You have provided us with insight to the Czech (and other European) players many of us would not have otherwise seen. Good luck with everything you do, and hopefully we will still see you around here from time to time.
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