In his high school, for example, his various exploits are highlighted → https://t.co/OdEwnNdCzP
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 1, 2023
In his native Slovakia, Juraj Slafkovský is already the talk of the town. After all, we’re talking about the first overall pick in an NHL draft, a feat that had never been achieved before the CH selected Slaf in 2022.
And inevitably, the fact that he’s the talk of the town means that his field hockey compatriots are often asked about him. He’s still the talk of the Slovak field hockey world.
Today, Jaroslav Halak was asked about Slafkovský in aninterview with Tomáš Prokop, a journalist for Sport.sk. When asked what he expected from Slaf, Halak gave a rather optimistic answer:
You could see him on the ice, he’s got a good shot. He’s still young, he’ll be even stronger and faster. I think he’s going to take a big step forward this year and have a great career. – Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halák rozhovory takmer nedáva, dva roky s ním nebolo nič väčšie, o to viac si to cením. Snažil som sa prebrať všetko podstatné okolo hľadania klubu, prípravy v jeho veku, reprezentácii, mladej generácii, aj toho, že nevyhral brankársku anketu atď. https://t.co/Pf0V79XYzF
– Tomáš Prokop (@Lewysko) August 12, 2023
In the past, Halak has been quick to criticize the way Slovakia develops its young field hockey players. However, he admits he’s proud to see a progression in the country’s youngsters, who have been drafted in the first two rounds of the draft for the past two years.
He acknowledges that there is still work to be done, but Slafkovský, Simon Nemec, Filip Mesar and Dalibor Dvorsky (among others) could represent the start of a new era.
In the same interview, Halak also gives an update on his future: he expects to sign an NHL contract within the next two weeks and doesn’t rule out the possibility that 2023-24 will be his last year in the NHL. He thought he’d be back with the Rangers, but they finally signed Jonathan Quick to replace him.
– Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) August 10, 2023
In the same interview, he also gives a lot of love to Ronald Melanson, who greatly helped him progress even before he was drafted by the Habs. It’s nice to see he hasn’t forgotten those who helped him along the way at the start of his career.
I don’t know which team will benefit from the services of the goalkeeper (who doesn’t want to be a mere third goalkeeper), but you can bet he’s waiting to see if the goalkeeping situation in the NHL changes over the next few days.
Like Jeff Petry, DeSmith could obviously leave pretty quickly → https://t.co/0DzfWX9qup
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 7, 2023
But even if DeSmith does leave Montreal, we agree that it won’t open a door for Halak to return to Montreal. Even if he predicts a bright future for Slafkovský, let’s just say that I don’t expect to see the two of them ever being teammates in the NHL. That may be the case with the national team, but it’s still early days.
– Billie Eilish wore a CH jersey when he visited Montreal last week.
Billie, one week ago today 😍
A week ago today… and we’re still Happier Than Ever
(📸 Benoit Rousseau) pic.twitter.com/pUx0jJbOkU
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) August 12, 2023
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– Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) August 12, 2023
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Jessica Pegula beats Iga Swiatek in Montreal semifinals https://t.co/YoZE6VJeam
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) August 12, 2023
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REALLY…NEYMAR IN THE MLS?
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