Russian ice hockey player Pavel Datsyuk
Russian professional ice hockey player Pavel Datsyuk won the award “Kharlamov Trophy”. The newspaper Soviet Sport annually awards the best Russian player of the National Hockey League. 35-year-old Pavel Datsyuk has received this award for the second time – he was voted the best by overseas in 2011. At the ceremony, Pavel Datsyuk answered questions from reporters, fans and well-known coaches. About legendary Kharlamov – “Valery Kharlamov for me is a teacher, with whom, unfortunately, I did not communicate. But I’m trying to learn his game. He earned respect around the world. There are people to whom we seek. For me – it’s Valery Kharlamov.
About Yelena Isinbaeva’s words against gay propaganda, he gave a short answer – “My position – I am Orthodox. I think that says it all”. For religious people it really says all. Russian Orthodox Church states that legalizing same-sex marriage would mean the country embarking on a path of “self-destruction”. And Yelena Isinbaeva didn’t say anything bad about gay rights, she said about gay propaganda. Pavel Datsyuk’s answer also disappointed some of his overseas fans, so fashionable theme was not supported by Russian sportsman.
Pavel Datsyuk was awarded Prize ‘Kharlamov Trophy’ by the daughter of Valery Kharlamov Begonita (second from right) and two granddaughters of the legendary hockey player, first-grader Dasha (second from left) and Anya, who is going to go to the 6th grade.
Pavel Datsyuk was born July 20, 1978 in Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk), USSR. He is a bronze medalist, world champion (2012), a silver and a bronze medalist of the world, a two-time Stanley Cup winner (2002 and 2008), champion of Russia (2005). Honored Master of Sports of Russia (May 21, 2012). Since 2001, in favor of the NHL club, “Detroit Red Wings”, now an assistant captain.
When Datsyuk was 18 years old, he met Svetlana in his native Yekaterinburg. They married three years later. In 2004 they had a daughter Elizaveta.