Nail Yakupov has already caused a stir before skating a shift in anger at the World Junior Championships. Saying he’ll be ready for the “dirty Canadians” the young flash appears to be full of piss and vinegar as the Russian WJ gets underway.
- Yakupov: “I understand that I will have to keep a cool head and ignore provocations. Especially against the Canadians. These guys play dirty. We got used to that, we played a few games in the North America, so our team is ready. Of course, I’m ready for the leading role morally, physically and by all other criteria.”
Cool. I love the swagger and confidence displayed by young Nail Yakupov, and hope he can take all of it onto the ice and make this a world championships to remember (lord knows the Nuge has already done a number this morning). Gord and Ray talked a lot this morning about how cold it is in Ufa, but I love the ice and the wide rink and God bless these boys for giving up their Christmas for our entertainment.
What I don’t know about Russia is a lot, but I am as always in awe of their anthem. If national anthems are supposed to inspire the locals to grab their muskets and run over the hill, the world is in a lot of trouble when they’re taking on the Russian bear.