Hockey is just different in Russia. At least, that's how Evgeny Kuznetsov sees it.
In an article published on "The Players' Tribune," Kuznetsov gives some remarkable insights on what hockey meant to him growing up in Chelyabinsk, Russia and how players are taught to play the game. In Russia, the skill and skating are emphasized over physical play.
"We skate, skate, skate," writes Kuznetsov. "As a kid, that was the focus of the coaches — to make sure you were skating the proper way. No hitting, no dump in corner. Practice was about playing hockey — scrimmage, one-on-one, lots of skills. This is the Russian style."
Kuznetsov also writes about how he knew Alexander Semin in Russia and how the two of them managed to get their hockey rink open at night so they could keep practicing. He also talks about watching hockey on the computer when he was growing up and who he thought the best player was (and it's not Alex Ovechkin).
If you've ever wondered what hockey in Russia is like, be sure to check out the article. You can read it here.