This past Wednesday, Alexander Semin held a workshop for kids of the Sokol Hockey School in Podgorny, a southern Siberian town about 25 miles from his birthplace of Krasnoyarsk. The winger spent the day showing the young players everything from the basics — improving their shooting, skating, and passing — to how to warm-up like an NHL player.
“To become a star,” Semin told the kids, “you need to work hard in training sessions and always give your all in games.” No word on whether Matt Bradley was in attendance.
Later, the 27-year-old held a Q&A with the children and signed autographs for the participants.
During his summers off, Sasha Minor often quietly volunteers his time near Krasnoyarsk — Semin gave away a signed stick the winner of a contest to name the new local ice rink last week, participated in a charity hockey tournament at the beginning of the summer, and even visited a group of orphans during his time off last year.
Below the jump, RMNB’s own Fedor Fedin transcribes Vesti-Krasnoyarsk’s video of the event.
Coach: “Now he moves, shows you the exercises. What should you try? Repeat it!”
Reporter: Young hockey players from Sokol Hockey School will remember this day for a long time — their coach is none other than Alexander Semin –World Champion, NHL star, and Washington Capitals forward.
Kid #1: “He knows it all, he shows us what to do.”
Kid #2: “He has very good technique — passing, skating.”
Reporter: Semin held a master class for the kids, showing them how NHL players warm-up, as well as skating and shooting techniques.
[Semin scores on a penalty shot]
Reporter: After the training session, Alexander talked to the kids in the sports camp. The Team Russia player signed autographs and told the kids how to succeed in hockey and life. He said, “To become a star, you need to work hard in training sessions and always give your all in games.”
Alex Semin: “Is it difficult for you to play where you play now?”
Kid #3: “Yeah, it is.”
Alex Semin: “Same for me. [laughs] There’s nothing easy in hockey. After you score you think it was easy, but really it wasn’t.”
Reporter: In a few days Semin will be gone to America where NHL season is soon to start, so he won’t be able to share experience with the Krasnoyarsk youngsters for a while.
Video by Kirill Makarov, Roman Rykov, and Konstantin Ozherelyev of Vesti-Krasnoyarsk.
S/T to sashastolemyheart.