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Fetisov talks Russian stars, national team struggles.
10 марта 2015. NHL.com By Dan Rosen.

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."

Fetisov opened the door for all of them to enjoy success in the NHL when he fought the system, his country and the communist regime at large to defect to North America in 1989 in order to play for the New Jersey Devils.

Viacheslav Fetisov spoke about current Russian players in the NHL and the recent struggles of the national team. 

He refers to the Russian players in the NHL today as his kids.

"When you see your kids get success sometimes you keep yourself quiet, sometimes you go public," he said. "I did what I feel I could do for not only the hockey, but for the nation in the fight against the communist system to open the west for Russia, for the Soviet Union. If I don't do this, I don't know it could be anything [that happened]. But I'm happy to see more kids get successful and they come to play for the national team any time they have success. That's what makes me feel good about going on right now."

Fetisov, though, is not happy with the state of Russia's national team, particularly with its showing in the past two Olympic tournaments.

Russia hasn't won an Olympic medal in men's hockey since Fetisov was the coach in 2002 in Salt Lake and the Russians took home the bronze. They finished fourth in the 2006 Turin Olympics, sixth in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and fifth in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The loss in Sochi was particularly gutting and embarrassing, especially to legendary Russian players such as Fetisov, who won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988) and a silver medal (1980) as a player.

"We cannot make good and compete at the highest level as a team," Fetisov said. "For me it's the Olympic Games, that's the highest level, and we cannot do this for many reasons probably. That makes me sad."

Fetisov thinks the dueling philosophies of Russians who represent the Kontinental Hockey League and Russians in the NHL are at the forefront of Russia's struggles in recent Olympic tournaments.

"We need to raise the whole new generation on a new set of mind," Fetisov said. "When the coaches and the players are speaking different languages it's difficult. It's not easy. You cannot blame the players. They do what they can do."

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have not agreed to send players to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Russia's next foray into a best-on-best format will be the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which takes place in Toronto starting Sept. 17, 2016.

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