Viacheslav Fetisov doesn't get to watch too much of the NHL these days, what with the fact he lives in Russia, works as a senator in his country's upper house of parliament, as well as a myriad of other projects.
Simply put, Fetisov, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, doesn't have the time to follow the NHL as closely as he once did. However, Fetisov still takes a great deal of pride in learning about the successes of some of Russia's top players in the NHL.
"Pavel Datsyuk made himself a valuable hockey player in the history of this game," Fetisov said during a recent interview at the NHL office in Manhattan. "I'm happy for [Alex] Ovechkin and [Evgeni] Malkin and how they present themselves and got success. I'm happy for them and I wish them all the best. I also admire Ilya Kovalchuk. I put him on the team when I was coaching the Olympics in 2002. He's a very likable guy and a good hockey player. He's a character."