Various media and cheerleaders in every way discuss the super goal of 16-year-old striker Matvey Michkov against the Swedish national team at the Karjala Cup. Which is definitely correct. Just do not forget: in this match, as in the previous one, our hockey players lost.
I confess that I myself fell under the spell of this goal, as they say, in the style of lacrosse – so I could not leave the whole Saturday evening.
Let me remind you of the background. Firstly, Michkov , who according to documents will only turn 17 on December 9, made his debut in our team before anyone else in history. And in Russia: here the record holder is the beloved striker Alexander Ovechkin on both sides of the ocean (at the age of 17, 11 and a half months). And – counting the Soviet one: here the earliest was the legendary goalkeeper and current president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) Vladislav Tretyak (17 years 7 months).
A native of Perm, who was raised in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, switched to the St. Petersburg SKA system even before his 16th birthday – the colossus, striving to gather all Russian hockey talents, saved a lot, it must be understood. Can you imagine how much you would have to pay for a mega-gifted junior now? And he has already broken all or almost all possible records for both club competitions and national team games. Even Alexander Ovechkin or, for example, Nikita Kucherov did not score so much and / or so early for junior teams.
And now – on Thursday debut for the national team against the Finns. And on Saturday, the first goal was scored. To the Swedes. The same one, in lacrosse style: these goals, which are extremely rare in hockey, are called this way in honor of the game popular in North America, where they wield not a stick, but a kind of net.
… The famous forward of the 90s, world champion-1993 Andrei Nikolishin praised Michkov – both for his skill and for his arrogance. After all, in order to perform lacrosse, both are required.
But at the same time he did not fail to notice: it is not Matvey’s goal that surprises much more, but the fact that we now have as many as three national teams, in which ordinary fans are already clearly confused. Indeed: who is headed by Oleg Bratash , whom is Aleksey Zhamnov, who is Igor Larionov ? .. Whom and why was Sergey Zubov replaced ? Where did Oleg Znarok go? Continuous questions, when answering which people generally cease to understand anything …
And yes, by the way: it is not clear which (well, experimental) team lost at the Finnish stage of the Eurotour to both the hosts and the Swedes. And the problems in Russian hockey have not gone away. For some reason they forget about this, because of the enthusiasm about Michkov and his superball.