"Salut les Boyz, comment ca va?" - Alex Kovalev
Have you ever seen the Quebecois movie Les Boyz?
For those who are not familiar, it is about a hockey team named "Les Boyz." They are a bunch of friends whose lives turn around hockey.
The first movie came out in 1997 and was a real hit in the Quebecois theatres. Then came the second, the third, and the fourth. And now, you will be able to follow the TV series on RDI (the next season should start soon).
If you are Montreal fan, you will probably like it. They always have a little sentence, a little phrase, about the Habs, such as "if it's a boy, we'll call him Saku!" (One of the players to his pregnant wife.)
From their catastrophic debt managements to their debates about hits, sticks, referees, and shots (and all sometimes while surrounded by strippers) the movie has been the product of an amazing sense of humor!
And in one of this winter's episodes it will host a remarkable guest.
Alex Kovalev will be appearing as himself on the show, coaching the players on their skating abilities. In the sequence, we will be seeing the players practicing Kovalev's usual tricks, ability trainings, and puck carrying.
He will also give a short interview in french to journalist Luc Gelinas, after a Montreal Canadiens game.
"It's really fun. I know it is a very popular show here, and I'm glad to be part of it," said the Russian player during the shooting of the play in Notre Dame de Grace, last Sunday.
"He immediately made us comfortable on the stage," said one of the comedians. "He even talked to us in French. He is really a talented person."
The episode is reportedly the ninth of the season, but I'll keep you posted on the date and time.
Alex Kovalev also met the journalists, a few days earlier, at Bob Gainey's gold tournament.
Who we call AK-27 answered himself the question we have all been asking after last season: can he repeat his last year's milestone?
"Why not? I'll be the best that I can be, I say that every year. I wanna be a leader, I wanna lead the team in the right direction (...) I know people expect more than what I have shown last year."
But Kovalev's focus is not on his personal achievements. As a leader, he believes the team has what it takes to make it far. "We have done so much, we played so hard."
But, Kovalev, how far? "I can't imagine what it is going to be around the city if we win the Stanley Cup." Oh, you don't want to know!
He is also coming to the end of his contract next summer. In his mind, it's all set. "I want to stay. This is a great city for me. If I wanted to leave, I would have left two years ago but I decided to come back and prove that I am a better player."
As usual, time will tell.