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Hedman enjoying time in KHL, hates eating horse meat

Dec 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Victor Hedman, Mathieu Garon, Eric Brewer, Mathieu Garon, Alexander Ovechkin AP

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is actually enjoying his time in the KHL with Barys Astana in Kazakhstan.

Hedman tells Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times his time away in the Russian pro league has been great and should help him when the NHL comes back.

“A great experience,” Hedman said by phone. “I’ve been playing a lot and developing my game. I’m very happy I chose to come here, and I’m very eager to get back to Tampa and prove I’ve gotten better as a player.”

That’s great news for the Lightning as they’re banking heavily on Hedman eventually being their No. 1 defenseman. In 21 games he has no goals but 18 assists. That’s getting the job done.

That said, it’s not all glitz and glamour in Kazakhstan. The one glaring exception to his great time abroad? The local menu where horse is a delicacy.

“It’s disgusting,” Hedman said. “It was chewy. It’s tough to explain what it tastes like.”

Wild guess on what it tastes like? Dog food. Yikes. Who says playing in a foreign country isn’t glamorous?

  1. katra2logic - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Whether it is ‘Kentucky fried’ or ‘Kazakhstan fried’ it is hard to go wrong with chicken…

  2. zetaone - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    This would infuriate Dwight Schrute.

  3. blomfeld - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    ME MAKE SCORE GOAL !

    About the only downside to this pending end of Bettman’s little charade here, is the fact that we’ve now seen the last of people like Ovi and Kovi playing in the NHL. And that’s a shame, as they were undeniably “gifted” players and they did bring a “certain” level of excitement to the game here in North America. Nonetheless, big man Captain Ovechkin said he was “done” with the NHL and so onward and forward, tough as that may be. Personally I don’t care, though I am feeling sympathy tonight for all Capital and Devil fans tonight. It can’t be fun when your heroes turn their backs on you like this ? God knows, I’d personally be going “berserk” if Captain Brown all of a sudden announced that he’s now going to be staying in Switzerland and become a watch maker after hockey, etc.

    OVECHKIN RULES !!! :)

  4. mgp1219 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    blomfeld,
    please go away.

  5. killerpgh - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I have always thought off Hedman as being very weak for a big man. He never using his 6’6″, 230 lbs pound like a he should, IMO. I guy that big should be able to intimidate smaller forwards. I saw him back away from Tyler Kennedy in a game last year and couldnt stop laughing. I was looking at at KHL stats the other day and saw he was in the top 10 in PIM. Just looked again and he has 52 PIM in 21 games. Now I don’t want him to be a goon, but if he finally learned how to use his size he will be a much improved player, IMO.

    • 11cups - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      104 kg. is to skinny for a 21 hand lad.

  6. 1clumsybear - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Describing KHL as “Russian League” is like calling NHL and “American League”.
    KHL has teams from 6 other countries – over 25%.
    Diversity makes everything better at the end.

  7. 11cups - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Horse meat good for skinny Swedish boy. Hahahaha

  8. 11cups - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Do you want dog instead?

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