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NHL: Geno Inspires Parents to Name Kid After Him
February 24, 2015 14:11

Photo Credit: @penguins
The US part of the Twittersphere woke up to a surprise revelation from a family of staunch Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
They decided to name their child Malkin Crosby Long to honour the brilliant duo that has kept the team atop the league’s table for many years.
We can't help but wonder if it will be awkward if little Malkin grows up and doesn't like sports. – SB Nation
A future hockey superstar was born today. Well, sort of. – Sportsnet
Evgeni Malkin began his career with his hometown club Metallurg Magnitogorsk, playing for their junior and senior teams. He was then selected second overall in the2004 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, though an international transfer dispute delayed the start of his NHL career until 2006. After his first season with the Penguins Malkin was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie (you can read more in Wikipedia). 
Earlier, the official NHL website praised Malkin’s leadership.
“Following a three-game stretch in which the Pens went 0-2-1 and scored a total of three goals, center Evgeni Malkin had a message to his team. “When you lose a couple games and aren’t playing right everyone gets nervous, coaches, players, the organization,” Malkin said Friday following the team’s practice. “We know we can come back. I believe this team has good guys and good players. We need to support each other, relax and we’ll be back,” the forward was quoted as saying.
“The 28-year-old Russian posted two goals and four points as the Pens responded with an offensive explosion and two huge victories on back-to-back nights Saturday in St. Louis, 4-2, and Sunday against Florida, 5-1,” the story goes on to say.
“We relaxed on the ice and in the locker room,” Malkin said. “There’s lots of pressure for us from the media, fans, everybody. We know how good we are. We just needed to focus and play all 60 minutes. The last two games we played very well.”

Internationally, Malkin has competed for Russia in two IIHF World U18 Championships and three IIHF World U20 Championships, capturing one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal, as a junior. In 2006, in addition to a silver medal, he was also named tournament MVP. As a senior, he has played in four IIHF World Championships, winning the gold medal and being named the tournament MVP for the 2012 event. In addition he has won the bronze medals in two other World Championships and has played for team Russia during the last three Winter Olympic Games, in TurinVancouver, and Sochi (source: Wikipedia). 

Author: Mikhail Vesely


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