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Mats Zuccarello: – I only speak Russian when I’ve been drinking

Mats Zuccarello: – I only speak Russian when I’ve been drinking
Mats Zuccarello: – I only speak Russian when I’ve been drinking

The start of the season is approaching in the NHL, and when the Minnesota Wild invited to a press conference, the media “fired up” against two of the club’s biggest stars. Russian Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello.

The two teammates have found their tone both on and off the ice.

– Sometimes it says “click”, we thrive together, joke, compete and have fun. We enjoy each other’s company, we have good chemistry, explained Zuccarello.

Mats Zuccarello Photo: Magnus Nøkland / TV 2

– Zuccarello, do you speak Russian? asked a reporter.

– Only when I have been drinking, the Norwegian replied to loud laughter in the hall.

Kaprizov, the Russian, is not so steady in English yet, but he nodded affirmatively to what the Norwegian told and when Zuccarello had finished, “Yes” came from the Russian.

Kirill Kaprizov reached an impressive 108 points (goals and assists) last season. Our man stopped at 79 points.

Fatherly happiness for Zuccarello

Both players emphasized at the press conference that they would have questions about hockey, but both also said that they had had a good summer where the batteries have been charged ahead of a long and tough season. And the two players emphasized several times that there is optimism in the team and that the goal is to get better.

However, Zuccarello at least revealed a little about what has happened this summer:

– I’ve become the father of a daughter and I’m very proud, but I guess I actually have two babies, said Zuccarello (35) and nudged Kaprizov (25) in a friendly way.

– With children in the house, there will be less sleep and then Kirill (Kaprizov) will have to count on taking on more work in his own zone this season, said a laughing Zuccarello.

Mats Zuccarello and Marlene Günther had a daughter in July.

There was a really good atmosphere when Zuccarello ended the press conference like this:

– Kirill (Kaprizov) is a cool guy, we talk on facetime and then he sings a goodnight song to our daughter!

The Minnesota Wild open their season on October 13 at home against Zuccarello’s old club, the New York Rangers.

The article is in Norwegian

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