NHL|ネイト・マッキノン、同郷の兄貴分シドニー・クロスビーのアドバイスも得てプレイオフ1回戦を突破。おまけにコーチを怒鳴って「ベンチから突き落とされた」ときのことを語る!

1月のこちらの記事に、Nateくん本人から訂正が入りました。

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Sidの夏季アルバイト仲間にして同郷の弟分くんは、試合中にコーチを怒鳴って「ベンチから落ちた」のではなく、「ベンチから突き落とされた」というのが真相なのだそうです。😁

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Eric Francis | April 30, 2019

“Gabe (Landeskog) pushed me because he was like, ‘Nate, stop, stop, stop.’ I couldn’t hear him, so he hit me harder and then I fell over. That’s what I wanted to tweet out but I’m like, ‘I can’t tweet something now.’ I wish he said something and admitted it.”

The video went viral, putting an unwanted spotlight on an ugly exchange in which MacKinnon appeared to tell Bednar, “Just do your job.”

“Nate did a good job explaining it in Montreal the next day saying, ‘I let the emotions get the best of me and I should have handled it better,’” said Landeskog of an incident he, MacKinnon and Bednar agree was a tremendous learning experience.

これぞ雨降って地固まる。

 

Nateの気性、負けん気の激しさは他の記事でも読んだ覚えが。👀

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By Alex Prewitt | October 02, 2018

Such focused intensity surprised exactly no one in MacKinnon’s orbit. Not his mother, Kathy, who would schlep sandwiches and hot chocolate through the winter freeze because young Nathan refused to quit skating on the neighborhood lake. Not personal trainer Andy O’Brien, who remembers a teenage MacKinnon once performing a high-knees drill for five minutes because O’Brien got distracted and forgot to say stop. And definitely not his offseason workout partner. “It’s not uncommon to see a stick broken in half over the summer,” says Sidney Crosby. “When he’s upset, you can tell.”

 

sportsnet.caの記事に戻って、Nateくん、メディアへの対応についてはSidの慎重居士ぶりを見習わなかったらしい(笑)。

MacKinnon is the most talented, compelling and dominant player left in the playoffs, while also showing humility, and approachability superstars generally shed.

Down the hall sits a Sharks team full of big names who are loathe to share much of anything with the media, while MacKinnon is an open book whose humble, engaging nature sets the tone in a room full of approachable sorts.

Avsが2回戦に当たったのはSharks。両チームのロッカールームの雰囲気の違いが面白い。Sharksは2016年にSCF敗退を経験したばかりだし(sorry not sorry)、そのときに背後からSidの首をどついてくださったヒゲのご老体の年齢もあるしで、このチャンスにかける思いは想像に難くない。

また2017年ECFでPensに破れた直後にひどく心のこもった激励の言葉をかけてくださったErik KarlssonさんもSharksに移籍している。

"Unreal job, buddy," Crosby said to Karlsson as he shook the Senators captain's hand.

[...]

"Get another one," Karlsson said, hugging Crosby and patting him on the shoulder. "I hope you're healthy."

Pure class from two great competitors even after a hard-fought series.

[NHL.com]

さらに2017年プレイオフでは孤軍無縁のように思われたPensを、SharksのVlasicさんは夫妻して応援してくれていたらしい。

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No caption needed. My husband doesn't mind. What a great finale! #nhlplayoffs2017

前シーズンの『宿敵』を堂々と応援できる自由さがいいではないですか。😚😚😚

 

そんなわけで、この対決はどちらのチームを応援したいのか決めかねる。Go Avs! Go Sharks!

 

忘れるところだった、SidのNateへのアドバイス。ふたたびsportsnet.caの記事より。

He’s playing with next-level assertiveness and confidence bolstered by a simple text from Sid on the opening night of the playoffs.

“Just before Game 1 he told me not to see how Calgary is gonna come, and just go attack them and dictate the pace of the game,” said MacKinnon, whose 11 points have him just one behind the playoff leader.

“We didn’t win that game, but I think we set the tone and won in 5.”

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こういうのはアドバイスの中身と同じくらい、誰がそれを言ったのかが大きな意味を持つ。なんとなく2009年のSCF Game7を前にしてMarioがPens選手たちにに送った有名なメッセージを思い出したのでした。

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"It was incredible," Bill Guerin said. "When you get a text like that, not only from your owner, but one of the greatest players ever to play, that's a confidence builder."