PAVEL PORYADIN: “I STILL TALK TO STUPINO FANS”

PAVEL PORYADIN: “I STILL TALK TO STUPINO FANS”
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07.05.2017 в 00:24
PAVEL PORYADIN: “I STILL TALK TO STUPINO FANS”
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Junior Hockey League media relations department sat down with Reaktor and Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk forward Pavel Poryadin. The young forward helped his junior team achieve the best result in franchise history and is currently enjoying his well-deserved vacation.

 

- Pavel, what brought you to hockey?

- My parents brought me to hockey. My uncle gave me a pair of skates for my birthday and then I got enrolled to junior hockey school. When I first stepped on the ice, I fell down immediately and went back to the dressing room crying. The coach came in quickly and told me not to feel sad, pull myself together and come back. These were my first steps in hockey.



- What was your first junior hockey school?

- I started out in Orbita Zelenograd but as soon as I learned how to skate a little I tried out for Krylia Sovetov junior hockey school. Sergei Leonidovich Plokhikh taught me how to skate and then I worked with Sergei Viktorovich Yatsunov. He invested a lot in me and very grateful for that!



- Who put you on offense and when did it happen?

- Actually, I always wanted to be a goaltender. Even at home all the walls were covered with stains from a ball – I used to bounce it off the walls and catch. Obviously, my father wasn’t excited about that and the dream faded away little by little. I put myself on offense. Everybody wants to be a forward when they young. Later people redefine themselves as defensemen by coach’s initiative. I wasn’t the biggest guy in the room so I stayed on offense.


- You used to play for Krylia Sovetov but you didn’t stay on the team. Why?

- I lived in Zelenograd and the commute to Krylia Sovetov practices was pretty long. My parents would take me the practices. My mom even had to quit her job just so I could play hockey. There were times when I would come back to Zelenograd for a whole year and then go back to Krylia Sovetov. In my graduation year I didn’t play for Krylia Sovetov because there already was a junior team in Zelenograd I could play for. The team consisted of JHL-B players and their coach invited me to play with them. It was a good experience because I was playing with the guys a couple of years older than me.



- How did you get the offer from HC Zelenograd? How was your rookie season in JHL-B?

- When I first joined Zelenograd I wasn’t old enough to play in Junior Hockey League, so I was gaining experience in a lower junior league. Next season I made my JHL debut. Although, I didn’t start the season in JHL because of roster approval issues. I scored my first goal in the very first game and then couldn’t score a single point for about 15 games straight. Incidentally, Vlad Provolnev, who is currently on Spartak Moscow, was also on that team.



- How did you end up on Kapitan Stupino? How different JHL was from JHL-B?

- I was invited to Kapitan by the same head-coach, who had offered me to play for Zelenograd. He joined Kapitan first and after I finished my season with Zelenograd, I went to try out for Stupino. I remember my first game with the team. Just like in JHL-B I scored my first goal in the very first game. The level of play was obviously more serious. Junior Hockey League was a new level for me and a new challenge.

- Were there many fans at Kapitan home games? What do you remember about the town of Stupino?

- There were a lot of fans in the stands for a small town like Stupino. And they always gave us great support. I talked a lot to the fans because they always cheered for us. I’m very grateful to them. Some of them still message me from time to time. They ask me how do I do and that sort of thing. It’s awesome!



- And then you went to Nizhnekamsk. How did that come about?

- I was invited for a try-out in Nizhnekamsk. They came to Stupino to watch me play for Kapitan. Aside from me, they invited two other Stupino players so I was afraid of going there.

 

- Do you remember your first Junior Hockey League goal?

- I scored my first goal on Amurskie Tigry [Khabarovsk]. As per tradition, I collected the puck. It’s displayed on a shelf at home now.



- Do your parents go to Reaktor games?

- When my parents visit Nizhnekamsk, they always go to a stretch of home games. They visited me last season, too, but I was called up to VHL to play for Kristall [Saratov] at the same time, so they couldn’t watch me play.

 

- How do you like the ambience in Saratov?

- I liked it in Saratov. Although, I didn’t spend a lot of time there but the time I did spend there definitely did me a lot of good. After that journey I went back to Nizhnekamsk and spent the end of the regular season in the KHL and even scored my first goal for Neftekhimik.


- Tell us about your KHL debut. Who did you get advice from?

- I was with the team in the pre-season and played my first game for them early in the season – we played against Barys [Astana]. I remember just that I was very nervous before the game and I think I did a lot of unnecessary things on the ice. I also got a minor penalty. Everybody was very supportive, we had a great atmosphere in the dressing room and it really helped to calm my nerves.



- What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in Junior Hockey League?

- The biggest lesson was that the JHL was a stepping for me to get to KHL. Obviously, you have to work really, really hard to play there and constantly prove that you’re worth it. JHL opened up the gates to new goals for me.


- You played in three leagues – JHL, VHL and KHL. What are the differences between them?

- Obviously, it’s the skill. The pace of the game is more or less the same, but there are way more skilled players in the KHL.



- How tough was it to lose to Krasnya Armiya Moscow in Kharlamov Cup Finals?

- The biggest disappointment was that I couldn’t help my team because I played just one game. That was the toughest pill to swallow but I couldn’t do anything about it – I was really sick.


- Any other regrets?

- I regret that I couldn’t win Kharlamov Cup in my last season in junior hockey. There’s nothing else to regret. It was a great learning experience, which is definitely going to be useful in the future.


- Would you say Pavel Poryadin on and off the ice are two different people?

- Of course. I’m much more venturous on the ice, I get heated up really fast. And off the ice I’m a very calm person.


 - How do you get pumped up before the games?

- I don’t think I have a special routine. I think every hockey player has more or less the same ritual – I put the music on and think about the game. It’s all in the head.



- Aside from hockey, are there any other sports that you follow?

- I like to watch hockey but not on TV. I like the atmosphere at the stadiums. I went to see CSKA play Spartak Moscow. I must have spent half of the game watching the fans cheer and support their teams. It really is something to see.



- Was there any funny story that really stood out for you?

- It’s hard to think of something like that off the top of my head but you always remember when your team scores with a second or two remaining to play in regulation. It’s really cool. The emotions are unforgettable. I remember back in Stupino we scored with two seconds remaining on the clock and won the game 2-1… And it was a playoff game, too!



- How do you see your future in the next few years?

- To be completely honest with you, I don’t like to speculate on future, but it’s definitely going to be in hockey! Let’s do another interview in 10 years. I’m certain there a lot of interesting lying ahead!

 

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