Saturday, April 07, 2007

Hitchcock and Zherdev

So.....I knew it. Mr. Zherdev made the front top section of the sports page:
Hitchcock is having one-on-one meetings with each player to discuss off-season training..."No blue jackets player has severd a as a bigger source of frustration, and no player needs to have a better offseason, than zherdev."
To be fair, he has endured more dramas than most 22 year olds, from his covert escape from Russia to join the NHL to deeply personal issues with an ex girlfriend that may never be made public....He has been described by those who know him best thusly: stubborn, a malcontent and an enigma. "a diva" said one player. And zherdev's reply "I can't help it."
He lives in an upscale townhome 5 minutes from nationwide with his parents, sister and nephew. he SUPPORTS THEM ALL! both his parents quit their jobs when he started getting paid to play.
Alexander Sviov is zherdev's best friend, perhaps his only friend on the team. HAHA One player said "the guy's not a good teammate, and thast being kind" He left practice becuase he felt like it the other day, and got in a yelling match with gary agnew, and hitchcock made him go back and finish practice. GO COACH! and his reply is awlays, "I can't help it" When coaches confront him he often stares back at them blankly , and sometimes smirks.
After coaching more than 1000 hitchcock has seen it all, but never seen anybody as stubborn as zherdev. he says that he is used to"playign to pass the pick and get passes and score goals" one-on-one hockey... And guess who niki looks up to in the NHL...Sergei Samsonov, who doesnt have a home team right now, and has switched teams 3 times....go figure..
Hitchcock said that the CBJ may fly to Europe this summer to make sure workouts are being completed. (by zherdev, he isn't worrried about anyone else.)
Apperantly Zherdv wants to finsh his career with the CBJ, and he is up to the challenge. "I;d like to play here a long time. I can be a better player. I will be a better play. Wait and see."
Well..this was an interesting article. Also, we are 3-2 in season finales, and we have never lost in nationwide arena in the last game. Chimera, manny, and vyborny have played in every game this season. Thats cool.
Thanks for lunch dad.

1 comment:

Iceref said...

My Pleasure Tiff.