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Kovalev wants 'nothing to do with Russian hockey'

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07:19 AM ET 07.15 | For the better part of 20 years, Alex Kovalev both dazzled and drove some fans nuts with his talent and skill -- while he also became a polarizing figure, and his recent answer to a question about the Sochi Olympic Games won't help. "Even if I was offered a role (to promote the Games), I wouldn't take it. At this point, I want nothing to do with Russian hockey. There are a lot of people who come to the hockey world in Russia who don't have any idea. It's all family relationships: 'I got this job, I can get you a job on this team, too,' and that person doesn't know anything about hockey. It's pretty much if you get hurt in the KHL, you get traded or bought out. You expect that. They're not developing players or teams, they're running a business."

Montreal Gazette

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July 15, 2013  07:57 AM ET

You would think in a good socialist country, the hockey players would have a better union

July 15, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You would think in a good socialist country, the hockey players would have a better union

Except it's no longer a socialist country.

July 15, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Was it ever?

July 15, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Was it ever?

Collectively speaking.

July 15, 2013  09:16 AM ET

He's not very neutral for someone playing in Switzerland.

July 15, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's not very neutral for someone playing in Switzerland.

Nyet.

July 15, 2013  09:29 AM ET

"Kovalev wants 'nothing to do with Russian hockey'"

Well! What do you know? An honest Rusky hockey player. Kovalev better watch his back. That weasel Putin will send his goons to stab it.

July 15, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You would think in a good socialist country, the hockey players would have a better union

In the former Soviet Union it used to be called the KGB.

July 15, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Except it's no longer a socialist country.

Sure...

July 15, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sure...

.... and we are a representative democracy.

July 15, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

In the former Soviet Union it used to be called the KGB.

Now it's Kovalchuk Going Back.

July 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET

You get injured it's like the old Volkswagon Squareback Sedan commercial:

Come Comrade, ve take you for leetle ride.....

July 15, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Was it ever?

Nope. Always been a dictatorship.

July 15, 2013  10:49 AM ET

when we think of stereotypical russian players, we think of Kovalev.

July 15, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

.... and we are a representative democracy.

Yup...

July 15, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You would think in a good socialist country, the hockey players would have a better union

Sounds like a better Mafia, Canuck:)

July 15, 2013  11:18 AM ET

He wanted nothing to do with NHL hockey half the time either...

July 15, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He wanted nothing to do with NHL hockey half the time either...

To fair GB it was only when he was on the ice.

July 15, 2013  11:24 AM ET

* be fair

 
July 15, 2013  11:44 AM ET

He's lucky that's all the KHL does. Back in the 60s if you didn't perform they put you on the Siberian express.

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