The 42-year-old Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk isn’t sure if he can continue playing. A decision will be made after the training camp as the player wants to see where he is at.
Last season the veteran player played for his hometown Jekaterinburg Avtomobilist team in the KHL. He scored 12 goals and recorded 23 assists. In five playoff games, he earned three points (1G+2A).
”Dear Fans!” Pavel Datsyuk addressed his supporters via letter. ”I want to be honest with you and do not disappoint your expectations,” he added.
I have a difficult decision to make – what to do next.
I really want to continue to help my home team Avtomobilist as a player. But at the same time, I ask myself:
Will I be ready to play another full season? Will my body let me do it?
Together with the coaching staff we have made a decision about my individual preparation plan for the 2021-22 season.
At the end of August I will understand if I can continue my career and again go out on the ice in red jersey of Avtomobilist in front of hometown fans.
From 2001 till 2016 Datsyuk represented the National Hockey Leagues Detroit Red Wings with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. From 2016 until 2019 he spent time playing for SKA St.Petersburg in the KHL, afterward joining Avto in 2019 where he began his hockey career.
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With Russian national team the forward has become a World and Olympic Champion becoming a part of very well known triple gold club. The Russian legend also has four Lady Byng trophies and three Frank Selke trophies.