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Neuvirth on Czech interview: “They translated the way they wanted”

Aug 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Michal Neuvirth claims that his rather shocking statements about teammates Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and former head coach Dale Hunter came down to a questionable translation.’s Chuck Gormley passes along a video interview (and transcribes key quotes) between Neuvirth and Capitals’ Web site reporter Mike Vogel.

“They changed my meaning a lot,” Neuvirth said of the translation. “I was talking about the boys in a good way and they translated the way they wanted. I think they’ve got nothing to write about right now.”

Neuvirth said that Matt Hendricks didn’t believe he said such things, but Neuvirth went out of his way to reach out to Holtby and Ovechkin.

“What they saw isn’t what I said,” Neuvirth said. “… Holtsy told me he didn’t believe that for one second because he knows me for four or five years and he knows I’m not like that. He made me very happy.”

Here’s the full video, with the translation talk starting around the 1:30 mark.

  1. danphipps01 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    If memory serves, the translation of the Holtby thing wasn’t even that inflammatory – it sounded like he was basically saying “Holtby’s the least-NHL-seasoned guy I’ve had to go up against. Probably makes it easier than beating out a career top-fifteen goalie like Vokoun.”

    Kind of curious that he mentions talking to both Holtby and Ovechkin, but says absolutely nothing about the latter’s reaction while emphasizing quite strongly that Holtby was great about it. Wonder what Ovi said.

  2. capsfan19 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    “You make wash clothes, especially my jock strap…. By hand.” (ovi’s russian accent)

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