UFA, Russia — After evading the media since the start of the tournament, Russian captain Nail Yakupov, finally broke his silence and spoke to reporters.
Before he started, however, Russian press attaché Mikhail Zislis, said the first-overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers would only answer three questions from reporters.
The first question was in regards to comments he allegedly made to a Russian website before the start of the tournament.
“I will have to keep a cool head and ignore provocations,” Yakupov was quoted as saying by R-Sport. “Especially against the Canadians. These guys play dirty. We got used to that, we played a few games in North America, so our team is ready."
On Sunday however, Yakupov, backed away from the comments saying he had never said anything of the sort.
“I said a different thing,” said the former Sarnia Sting forward in English. He was asked to clarify what he had said about the Canadian team.
“I forgot,” he said. “I don’t know.”
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