Malkin’s Parents Fear Son’s Fans, Plan to Leave Hometown
Russian run-away hockey player Malkin’s parents, frightened by their son’s frenzied Russian fans and hopeless chiefs of the Mettalurg hockey team where Malkin played, are going to sell their house and move from their native city of Magnitogorsk, the Zhizn’ newspaper reported.
Evgeni Malkin, who reportedly was the best player in the world outside the NHL, had secretly left his club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, at Helsinki airport on August 13, 2006. He vanished for several days before resurfacing in the United States on August 17 and declaring his wish to play for Pittsburgh, where he had been offered a $3.8 mln. contract.
Metallurg general director Gennady Velichkin called the sudden disappearance of his best player “pure sports terrorism” and vowed to sue the Penguins and demand a huge compensation.
“You can’t imagine how Evgeni wanted to play in the NHL! ” his mother Natalia Malkina told reporters.
“And we dreamed with him. Finally he had found his way. And we will be by his side as his parents everywhere! But unfortunately there are people who are trying to thrust their opinion,” Natalia said.
“They will not leave us alone”.
“When Evgeni was still missing they stayed in our house day and night. They thought we would help them to find him. But we didn’t know where he was either. We understand he just could not call. He calmed us down as soon as he was able to do so,” she said.
According to the newspaper, some of Malkin’s fans in his native city want revenge for his defection.
“I will not be surprised if fans burn to the ground his restaurant,VIP Zone!” one fan said. “You just can’t do such things. He has spat upon us”.