A day after Tom Wilson said that the Washington Capitals stood behind Evgeny Kuznetsov, Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky commented on the situation on Instagram and defended his fellow countryman.
Bobrovsky, who signed a seven-year, $70 million deal with Florida over the offseason, said that “[i]t’s a tough situation for [Kuzy] and his family,” adding fans should support the NHL All-Star instead of burying him during this difficult time.
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Хочу поддержать @kuzy092. Тяжелая ситуация для него и для его семьи. Согласен, история получилась некрасивой, но не стоит теперь закапывать парня. Не стоит забывать, что все мы люди и спортсменам также как и всем людям свойственно ошибаться. Давайте лучше поддержим человека. Сколько хороших дел он уже сделал для своего родного Челябинска, для российского хоккея в целом. И сколько ещё хороших дел и красивых голов впереди. Держись, старина, сделай правильные выводы и двигайся дальше/ I want to support @kuzy092. It’s tough situation for him and his family. I agree, that history doesn’t look good at all but it doesn’t means that we have to put him down. People often forget that sportsman also humans and they also could make a mistakes. Let’s better give him some support. He made so many good things for his hometown Chelyabinsk and so many good things for hockey and he will make even more good things in the future. Stay strong, man, make right decisions and keep moving forward 💪👊
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“I want to support @kuzy092,” Bobrovsky wrote. “It’s a tough situation for him and his family. I agree, the story turned out ugly but it doesn’t mean that we have to tear him down. Let’s better support the man. People often forget that [athletes are] also human and they also could make a mistake. Let’s support him better. How many good things he has already done for his native Chelyabinsk, for Russian hockey as a whole. And how many more good deeds and beautiful goals are ahead. Stay strong, old man, draw the right conclusions, and keep moving forward 💪👊”
Bobrovsky is close friends with Dmitry Orlov and has played with Evgeny Kuznetsov as a teammate on the Russian national team and as a competitor in the KHL.
Translation by Igor Kleyner
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