Ovechkin on Semin
Thanks again to my friend Dmitry Chesnokov for passing along this news and translating it into English. Dmitry says: “The article was written by Vitaliy Slavin and Dmitry Ponomarenko. There are also comments from Markov and Nemchinov. Nemchinov also said that Semin tried to explain himself but “it was too late.” When Semin called Nemchinov he gave the phone to Bykov to break the news to Semin.
“I noticed one of the people commenting on your blog asking what Ovechkin’s reaction was, so I decided to forward it to you.”
Ovechkin was really upset about Semin missing from the team.
“It is so sad to lose Semin,” honestly said Ovechkin. “But nothing can be done.”
– How did Semin himself explain what happened?
– I don’t want to discuss this. Although I admit that I did speak with him. Sasha is really upset. He called me on Monday after practice and I told him to contact the coaching staff immediately because you were cut [from the team]. He was absolutely shocked to hear this.
– Did what happened affect your mood?
– I am trying not to think about bad stuff. We didn’t come here for this [bad things].
– Would what happened to Semin scare other Russian NHL players from playing for the National team?
– The coaches showed everybody that there is discipline here. That there are no stars here, no differences between players … But there is order.
It was seemingly very hard for Ovechkin to talk about his friend’s woes so the reporters changed the subject.
Thanks again, Dmitry.