Friday, September 21, 2007

Malkin Assimilates to American Life

Even at a time when America has an internal political debate about immigration and assimilation to American cultures, hockey fans are following the story of superstar Russian players Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin and their progress as they live and work in America during the autumn and winter months.

Speaking as a journalist, there is always an awkward time when reporters must talk through a team-employed translator. The quotes produced are most often sanitized and paraphrased. So either the players have to adjust or the journalists do. Make it the players, because I barely survived high school spanish.

Malkin's attempts to adjust to his new surroundings is making progress as a new story posted in the Tribune Review.
Malkin's teammates, including last-season linemate Jordan Staal, insist that his language barrier presented no problem on the ice. However, a consensus among people within the organization is that Malkin's willingness to room with an English-speaking player on the road this season should go a long way toward accelerating his cultural assimilation.
You can read the rest of the article with the link provided. It gives a time line of Malkin's growth as well as lay out the future plans for this young superstar.

I like the idea of having him room with his linemate J-Staal. Malkin is sure to be exposed to every beer list in the western hemisphere.

[Via: Pittsburgh Tribune Review]
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