'I'm overwhelmed with emotion': legendary OI champion tells how he's inspired by AFU warriors
The Olympic champion of Nagano 98, Dominik Hašek, has admitted that he was incredibly inspired by Ukrainian soldiers during his visit to Kyiv and Kharkiv at the beginning of last summer. The legendary hockey goalkeeper said that despite heavy losses, the Ukrainian armed forces were determined to finally kick the Russian occupiers off our land.
This was stated by Hasek in an interview with the publication "Real Time". The Czech Stanley Cup winner recalled meeting with Ukrainian hockey players of the past, some of whom were seriously injured during the war against Russia, but continue to resist the aggressors.
"We had a night out at a restaurant. There were about fifteen former hockey players there. We were drinking beer, chatting. And two of these guys came back from Bakhmut. Both badly wounded. One was missing an eye, the other had a seriously injured leg. And they didn't complain, they were convinced that they were fighting for their country. And that's what impressed me. It was hard to see how seriously injured they were. But it was inspiring to see their spirit. I am overwhelmed with feelings towards Ukrainian people and especially towards these soldiers," said Hašek.
It should be noted that after his trip to Ukraine, the Czech recorded a video message to the Ukrainians, wishing them to "chase away the Russian crap. " He also put in the place of Russian Vyacheslav Fetisov, who demanded from Hasek to return to the Russian Federation all the money he earned in "Spartak".
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Dominik Hašek scattered in gratitude to Ukrainians for the fact that "they protect not only their country, but also the freedom of the world".