interesting so that means Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, Gonchar, Bryzgalov all fall into that "modern day" criteria? WHo are you DOn Cherry? What about Mogilny, Fedorov, Zubov, Bure who technically played at the same time when Kovalev won a cup with the Rangers?
this is such BS... Do Red Wings fans question Pavel Datsyuk's heart? If a north american player is streaky you call him steaky, but if a Russian player is like that you call him lazy and say he has no heart ... this is dumb
I don't make the stereotypes, but they are out there. People do consider Kovalev to be a stereotypical Russian hockey player, and it's a shame.
There's too many players who have given a bad name to players like Datsyuk and Ovechkin, who play hard on every shift. From everything I've heard about the older generation Russian players, no one would ever question their commitment to every game. Of course, they never had a chance to be spoiled or lazy.
And I've called plenty of North American players lazy before. This doesn't just apply to foreign players. You could say there's more lazy North American players now then there used to be, for many of the same reasons.
However, when a foreigner does it, even more people will complain about it or point it out. That's the way it goes in life. Kovalev being lazy will be treated worse by the hockey media than a North American player being lazy, because there's a lot of Don Cherry's out there. He's just more vocal than anyone else.
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