28.05.2020 в 12:00


Junior Hockey League continues the Partner-In-Arms series. In today’s edition we’re going to sit down with Valeria Teslyuk – Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk goaltender Nikita Fyodorov’s girlfriend. She spoke about her better half, their distant relationship and what they like to do in their spare time.

- My name is Valeria and I’m 18 years old. I was born on a small peninsula of Kamchatka but I spent most of my life in Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. I live in Moscow now. I have two sisters and I’m a twin with a one of them. Sports and art have always been a part of my life. I graduated an art school, I was in rhythmic gymnastics for five years and I also tried myself in dancing and music.

Making acquaintance

- I met Nikita when we were just kids. It was in school that I noticed the coolest boy in my parallel class. Back at the time we were those athletic kids who always made the teams for school competitions. We fell in love in school. It was love at first sight. It was really nice and child-like. We would go for walks, to the movies, we would laugh and have fun. He was my ideal in a way and I realized back then that he was my destiny. We’ve been together for eight years. Everyday Nikita does his best to give me his love and it only gets better over time.

Hockey in relationship

- Just as many other girls, I fantasized about my better half when I was a kid. I wasn’t after certain male stereotypes but I can share a secret with you – I’ve always wanted to be together with an athlete. And then it happened. My man is a hockey player. I wasn’t a hockey fan and I didn’t even know the first thing about the sports but ever since I started dating Nikita I was falling in love with hockey, skates and hockey sticks more and more with every passing day. I always watch his road games – no matter what time zone or part of the world they happen in. When Nikita’s hockey and my location coincide, I always run to the rink to support my loved one.

There’s more than enough hockey in our lives with Nikita. We constantly talk about it, systematically go on road trips, support and much more. But it’s not all that easy. There’s always distance in our relationship – Khabarovsk and Vladivostok, Vladivostok and St. Petersburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Moscow and Khabarovsk. Love over distance – is that possible? I can answer loudly and for certain – yes! We are currently 8,000km apart. It’s a serious obstacle but overcoming it we finding ourselves, our love and our future family.



- I always wish Nikita to have a good and easy game. I tell him, ‘Whatever happens, know that I’m always by your side. You’re strong and you can take everything. The most important thing is for you to take care of yourself and everything else can be fixed’. We do our best not to talk about hockey when his team losses. Nevertheless, I always try to support Nikita and cheer him up.

Hockey or not, rest is on the schedule

- Hockey requires a lot of hard work and time. But despite tight schedules and distance we always find time to spend with each other. We do various things when we are together. We go to the movies and cafes, we spend time with our families or just in each other’s company, go to the countryside, ride quads or walk the dogs. Every moment spent with Nikita is priceless for me.

Funny story

- Once Nikita decided to come to Moscow from St. Petersburg to visit me. Due to his tight schedule he asked me to buy him a train ticket. He gave his bank information and I bought him the ticket. I went to bad, thinking everything was alright, eagerly awaiting to meet him in the morning. But while I was asleep, the following happened to him – Nikita was in a rush to get on the train and got to the station just a few minutes prior to departure. As he was showing the train attendant his ticket, he was shocked to find out that he held a ticket not from St. Petersburg to Moscow but from Moscow to St. Petersburg. It didn’t stop Nikita. He rushed to buy another ticket and made the train. We laughed for a while about the whole thing.

Partner-in-Arms criteria

- Most of all, it’s having faith in your better half no matter what. And, of course, you have to be strong and reliable.

Gameplan for loved one

- My love, most importantly – stay just as you are. Achieve the unthinkable, made the impossible come true, move forward with certain and conquer the world. Rest assured that I’m always by your side and I will always support you. I love you madly. Your Lera.