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BLOG: Eakins calls in a favour to Chara

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have made no secret that they want promising NHL rookie defenceman Martin Marincin to absorb as much helpful knowledge as possible while he attends the Olympics as a representative of the Slovakian team. To make sure that happens to the fullest success, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins has enlisted the help of one of the best in the business to take Marincin under his wing; Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara.

Chara and Marincin were seen chatting with each other by the locker rooms after the game yesterday.

“I was calling in a favour,” Eakins said. “I’ve gotten to know Chara over the years. I saw him, at a very early age, with the New York Islanders. I was there at training camp the one year and I saw him starting to put in the work. He was obsessed with it. He’s turned into, for me, one of the top players in the game, a guy with extremely high character, great work ethic, extremely humble and I had talked to Marty about his Olympic experience and the importance of him asking Chara a lot of questions.

“I asked Z after the game… I said I’d like to call in a favour to help this young man; Mr. Marincin. Z was great and he said he’d spend lots of time with him. Zdeno even texted me later, after we were on the plane, just reiterating what he promised. That’s a guy for Marty that… Chara wasn’t quite as light as Marincin is now, but if Marty commits to (taking) that level of commitment that Chara has with his body, then that will speed the process in him being a very good player in this league.”

Marincin and Chara will be teammates in Sochi, Russia this month at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Chara-Marincin relationship and how the Oilers defenceman can benefit from that tutelage.

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