U.S. player returns to his Russian roots

Sarnia Sting assistant coach Alex Galchenyuk Sr., back, gives some advice to his son, Alex...

Sarnia Sting assistant coach Alex Galchenyuk Sr., back, gives some advice to his son, Alex Galchenyuk during practice at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (PAUL OWEN/QMI AGENCY)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

UFA, RUSSIA - eam USA forward Alex Galchenyuk is getting treated a little bit like a Canadian abroad.

It’s the old, “Hey, you’re from Canada? I have a friend in Vancouver, maybe you know him?”

Galchenyuk might speak and read Russian - his dad is Belarusian and played minor pro hockey in the U.S., where Alex was born - but Ufa is hardly home for the Montreal Canadiens draft pick, taken third overall in last summer’s draft.

Not even close.


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