When it comes to criticism, Russian fans, media and pundits have no class — anything goes. Even by the lax standard, Alexander Semak's criticisms of Team Russia after its semifinal loss to Sweden went even farther than usual.
Sometimes reporters have to work their way around cliches they hear from the players and coaches. This is not the case. To put it in context, flash back to when Canada lost the world junior semifinal to Russia last season in Calgary. Imagine the following comments coming from a CHL coach who's also a legendary player, such as the Barrie Colts' Dale Hawerchuk or Quebec Remparts' Patrick Roy. That is who Semak, who coaches the junior team Tolpar in his native Ufa, is in Russia.
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